Julian Assange is one step nearer to being extradited to america.
Dwelling Secretary Sajid Javid revealed this morning he had signed a request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to America.
Mr Javid instructed Radio 4’s At this time programme: ‘It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve acquired a legit extradition request, so I’ve signed it, however the last choice is now with the courts.’
Judges will resolve Assange’s destiny tomorrow at a court docket listening to.
Within the US he faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing labeled data and of conspiring with former Military personal Chelsea Manning to crack a Defence Division laptop password.
That indictment, which incorporates Espionage Act prices, was issued by the Justice Division final month and is pending in federal court docket in Alexandria, Virginia.
Assange might be jailed for 175 years if he’s convicted.
Manning, who was sentenced to seven years for delivering labeled data to Assange, has been returned to jail after refusing to testify earlier than a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.
It was thought Assange, 47, could have been despatched to Sweden to face prices referring to an alleged intercourse assault bit it now appears extra probably he’ll find yourself within the US.
He was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the place he had been holed up since 2012 after Ecuador granted him political asylum.
He was arrested by British police and is at the moment serving a 50-week sentence for leaping bail.
Justice Division spokesman Marc Raimondi confirmed the extradition request for Assange had been submitted to the UK.