Assange drops surrender option, decides legal battle against US extradition

A complicated legal battle is going to begin for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. A London court said he could consent to being extradited to United States.

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Assange was arrested by British police last month from Ecuadorian Embassy in London after he was evicted following taking refuge for about seven years.

The 47-year-old told to Judge Michael Snow through video conferencing from jail, “I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.”

US has charged him for conspiring in hacking a Pentagon computer and stealing classified information, which is claimed by the US Justice Department to be one of the largest such compromises.

The WikiLeaks boss is accused for helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password of the computers and get access to thousands of documents and communications on Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and diplomatic cables and briefs on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The US government said if Assange is convicted, he could face up to five years on prison.

The 47-year-old told to Judge Michael Snow through video conferencing from jail, “I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.”

Meanwhile, the London court has sentenced him to fifty weeks in prison for jumping bail desperately to postpone justice.

He had been wanted in Sweden over allegations on sexual assault.

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