Julian Assange does not want to go to the US – level 3

23-02-2024 15:00

The High Court in London has commenced proceedings regarding an appeal by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, against his extradition to the US on espionage charges.

Assange’s supporters argue that he’s facing persecution for releasing classified US documents that influenced diplomacy and public opinion. Assange’s legal team is seeking an appeal against the extradition order issued by the British Home Secretary in 2022. US prosecutors intend to try Assange for spying, though he was absent from the court due to illness. If extradited, Assange could face life imprisonment, sparking concerns among his supporters about his safety and the freedom of the press. His lawyers argue that the case is politically motivated and could set a dangerous precedent for journalists globally. Despite the possibility of an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, the outcome remains uncertain, with fears that extradition could occur swiftly.

Difficult words: extradition (the legal process of surrendering an individual to another country), classified (officially stated to be secret), try (to subject someone to trial).

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