Ecuadorean judge orders Swedish citizen close to Assange jailed pending trial

Ecuadorean judge orders Swedish citizen close to Assange jailed pending trial

Ecuadorean judge orders Swedish citizen close to Assange jailed pending trial

On Thursday, British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for nearly seven years. 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.

On Thursday night's episode of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah reflected on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's "Arrested Embarrassment", discussing everything from his beard and cat, to what this means for the future of press freedom.

More than 70 Parliamentarians have signed a letter urging the Government to ensure Julian Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.

But Labour leader Mr Corbyn said Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face a charge of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

Swedish prosecutors dropped a rape investigation into Assange in 2017 because they were unable to formally notify him of the allegations - a necessary step in proceeding with the case - while he remained in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry tweeted: "Why weren't Swedish authorities told in advance of Assange's ejection from Ecuadorian embassy, as the U.S. clearly was?"

He appeared in court a few hours later and was found guilty of breaching his bail terms back in 2012. "From now on we'll be more careful in giving asylum to people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilise governments".

WikiLeaks "confirmed" that Assange's cat is safe and sound after being "rescued" from the Ecuadorian embassy in mid-October 2018 upon request from the whistleblower. But Swedish prosecutors have said a rape case could be reactivated before the statute of limitations for that ends in August 2020. WikiLeaks has denied those allegations, arguing that Moreno was attempting to deflect attention from corruption allegations against him. The single charge of computer intrusion conspiracy carries up to five years in prison, though the Justice Department can add additional charges depending on the evidence it gathers.

Another member of Assange's legal team, the Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzón, said he fears Assange may be tortured if extradited to the United States.

At the prison, where he is being held while the extradition process plays out, "there are medical facilities there, access to dental care I would assume, and a garden to go out into", Hrafnsson said.

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

Previous comparable cases, involving accused hackers Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon, took between five and 10 years but eventually resulted in their extraditions to the U.S. being blocked.

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