UK court permits Assange extradition to US on spying charges

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Dec 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-10 06:18:25-05

LONDON (AP) — A British appellate court has opened the door for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States.

The High Court in London overturned a lower court that found Assange's mental health was too fragile to withstand the American criminal justice system.

A lower court judge earlier this year refused an American request to extradite Assange to the U.S. to face spying charges over WikiLeaks' publication of secret military documents a decade ago.

The judge said Assange was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions.

The appellate court ruled Friday that U.S. assurances were enough to guarantee Assange would be treated humanely.

The ruling is likely to be appealed.