Julian Assange extradition appeal: what you need to know before the UK high court’s ruling – EVOL

Julian Assange will learn whether he can fight to stop his extradition to the United States at 9.30pm AEDT (10.30am UK time) on Tuesday when two senior judges of London’s high court hand down their ruling.

“This is it,” his wife, Stella Assange, said in a post to X. “DECISION TOMORROW.”

The WikiLeaks founder has since 2019 battled extradition from the UK to the US, where he would face espionage charges for the publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables, in 2010 and 2011.

But what was his two-day hearing in London’s high court about, and what is at stake now? Here is everything you need to know.

What is Assange arguing?

Last month, Assange took to London’s high court seeking permission to appeal his extradition.

In 2022, Britain approved his extradition, which he has been trying to overturn since. His first attempt to appeal was refused, hence the two-day hearing seeking to reverse that judgement.

Assange’s legal team argued that it would be in breach of the extradition treaty between the UK and the US, which prohibits extradition for political offences.

“This legally unprecedented prosecution seeks to criminalise the application of ordinary journalistic practices of



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