In Depth - Assange Extradition
- Published on Jun 14, 2019
- Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange will face a full extradition hearing next year over computer hacking and spying allegations in the United States. The hearing will begin on 25th February, 2020, and is expected to last five days. It will decide if Assange will be sent to the US to be prosecuted over the leaks of classified documents. Earlier this week, UK’s home secretary Sajid Javid approved an extradition request from the US for Assange to face criminal charges.
Currently, Assange is serving a 50-week sentence in Belmarsh Prison in south-east London for bail violations after taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape charges in 2012.
Today in IN DEPTH we take a look at the cases against Julian Assange in the United States, and the process of extradition to America. We also trace Julian Assange's journey from a computer programmer, to a hacker and then a fugitive.
Anchor - Teena Jha