Assange Extradition Hearing Is Slated for 2020

It's expected to last 5 days, beginning Feb. 25
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2019 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Anyone placing bets on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US won't see a windfall or have to pay up until 2020. On Friday it was decided in Westminster Magistrates' Court that a full extradition hearing would take place beginning Feb. 25, 2020. The BBC reports it will likely last 5 days. The AP reports interim hearings will likely take place in July and October. Assange appeared via video link, telling magistrates "175 years of my life is effectively at stake."

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He described WikiLeaks as simply a publisher; Ben Brandon, the British lawyer representing the US, countered that Assange prodded Chelsea Manning to access documents illegally and cracked a Pentagon computer's password. "I didn't break any password whatsoever," Assange piped up, per the Guardian. The DOJ has charged Assange under the Espionage Act; Assange's lawyer dubbed the case "an outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights." As for Assange's health, which has previously been reported as poor, the AP notes the 47-year-old "appeared to be tired and showed signs of a possible hand tremor." (Read more Julian Assange stories.)

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