UK orders WikiLeaks founder sent to US

“Instead, she will forever be remembered as an accomplice of the United States in its agenda to turn investigative journalism into a criminal enterprise.

“Julian’s road to freedom is long and winding. Today is not the end of the fight. This is just the start of a new legal battle.

Assange is in Belmarsh prison where he will remain while his appeals take place.

He is charged by the United States under the Espionage Act in connection with the theft of hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks posted, unredacted, online.

His lawyers argue that he is a journalist and editor and that his prosecution amounts to political persecution.

These arguments were previously rejected as grounds for barring his extradition by a UK judge and will form the basis of the next legal challenge.

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His Australian human rights lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said the Australian government should ask the Biden administration to drop the charges.

“His health is suffering, he’s lost weight, he’s had a stroke since the last time I saw him – it’s very much like a punishment by process,” she said, speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald and age at Doughty Street Chambers.

As Leader of the Opposition Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said Assange should be returned to Australia, but he declined to say whether he has been lobbying the US government on the issue since winning the election.

Albanese’s office has been contacted for comment.

Greg Barns SC, adviser to the Australian Assange campaign, said Albanese should wait no longer to push Assange’s case with Australia’s allies.

“It’s an appalling decision,” he said.

“We appreciate that the new Australian government is aware of the very important issues in this case – freedom of the press and, more importantly, the human rights of Julian Assange.

“We ask that now is the time for the government to work with its key allies in Washington and London to bring this matter to an end.”

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