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12:10  13 june  2019
12:10  13 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Julian Assange won’t be extradited to Sweden in rape investigation, court rules Sweden will continue its investigation into rape allegations made against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but a judge ruled Monday that he still shouldn’t be extradited from detention in the United Kingdom. Prosecutors had argued that Assange poses a flight risk if and when he is released from custody, but the judge said that was not enough reason to send him back to Sweden. Assange, an Australian national, has been accused of tampering with his condom while having sex with a Swedish woman in 2010. Another woman claims he had unprotected sex with her while she was asleep during the same trip to Stockholm.

There’ s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition He is jailed for 50 weeks in the UK for breaching his bail conditions back in 2012. Home secretary Sajid Javid reveals he has signed the US extradition order for Assange paving the

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UK signs Julian Assange's US extradition papers© Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London on May 1, 2019, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. - A British judge on Wednesday sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Assange took refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden and was only arrested last month after Ecuador withdrew his asylum status. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Kingdom has signed an extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces charges in the US under the Espionage Act.

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US authorities have also issued an extradition warrant for Assange . The US Department of Justice confirmed Assange has been indicted on conspiracy with Under UK law, the US government has 65 days from arrest -- so until June 15 -- to provide full extradition papers to a British district judge.

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he signed the papers on Wednesday, a day after the US Justice Department formally asked Britain to extradite the 47-year-old Australian.

"First of all I am very pleased the police were able to apprehend him and now he is rightly behind bars because he broke UK law," Javid told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday.

"There is an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow," he added.

The US will detail all charges against Assange on Friday, when it seeks his extradition in a London court.

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Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has said he does not consent to being extradited to the US over charges related to leaking government secrets. His extradition hearing came a day after he was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching the Bail Act following his arrest last month.

The US Justice Department has delivered to officials in the United Kingdom a formal extradition request for Julian Assange , making further US Related video: Wikileaks founder Julian assange arrested by UK police and removed from Ecuador embassy. Julian Assange : US submits formal

US prosecutors initially charged Assange with a single count of computer intrusion, but last month added 17 new counts, including controversial charges under the Espionage Act for encouraging, receiving and publishing national defense information in concert with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

Such a charge under the Espionage Act has never been successfully prosecuted, according to CNN legal analyst Steve Vladeck.

Assange's initial indictment sparked a debate over the First Amendment and whether his alleged role in procuring secret US material constituted protected journalistic activity.

Assange lived inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years until April when the country revoked his protection and he was arrested.

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Swedish prosecutor will not appeal court ruling on Assange detention.
Sweden's prosecution authority said on Thursday it would not appeal a court ruling rejecting a formal request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained while an allegation of rape is investigated. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Assange, an Australian national, is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for skipping bail after spending seven years holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden. He denies the rape accusation.

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