Corbyn calls on UK Government to oppose Julian Assange extradition

Corbyn calls on UK Government to oppose Julian Assange extradition

Assange was arrested earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the USA has charged him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.

"We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the complainant should see justice be done", it says. "And we all know what this is about - it's not correct charges, serious as they are, it is about the Wikileaks and all of that embarrassing information about..."

Mrs Assange's tweet was one of many she has posted in the wake of her son's forcible removal from the Ecuadorian embassy.

But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, US authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into USA custody.

Assange, who founded the whistleblowing organisation Wikileaks, was dragged out of the embassy yesterday after Ecuador withdrew his right to asylum.

The prosecution service said it did not have a timetable for when any decisions on the case would be made, but added the statute for limitations would not expire until August 2020.

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The alleged victim's lawyer, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, told the ABC she hoped prosecutors would "make the only correct decision to resume the preliminary investigation" and request Assange be extradited to Sweden.

"Looking at Mr. Assange's health, it appears he is ill and is frail, any ill treatment of Mr. Assange by the United States authorities, if he landed on U.S. soil, could amount to torture".

Meanwhile, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said the UK Government had given him a written assurance that Mr Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty. The Australian was arrested "on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court", before being "further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station".

Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson said they would be fighting the extradition request.

Swedish prosecutors dropped a rape investigation into Assange in 2017 because they were unable to formally notify him of the allegations while he stayed in the embassy.

The official, who asked for anonymity when discussing the case, said USA authorities had already sent Britain a provisional arrest warrant regarding Assange's extradition to the United States.

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