BRITAIN AND SWEDEN SHOULD REFUSE THE US EXTRADITION OF ASSANGE
«The member States of the Council of Europe, where the death penalty is prohibited, have no right to extradite the accused to the countries where it is practiced. Thus, Britain and Sweden should refuse the US extradition of Assange. But will they?», — wrote Pushkov.
Recall that Assange was hiding in the Embassy of Ecuador in June 2012. He feared extradition to the United States or Sweden. In mid-April, Ecuadorian diplomats opened the doors of the British police and Assange was arrested.
A court in Britain ruled that the procedure for the extradition of Assange in the United States can begin only after they provide a full package of documents in his case and study their contents.
The next hearing in the Assange case is scheduled for 30 May. Assange’s lawyer has already stated that the whistleblower of American secrets can be accused of military espionage (until now, the American side intended to judge the founder of Wikileaks only for participating in attempts to hack the Pentagon’s computer network), and espionage in the United States is punishable by death.
In the US into custody again taken the WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning (before the floor changes it was Bradley Manning). At the time, he handed over to WikiLeaks more than 700 thousand diplomatic and military documents relating to the military operations of the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In Sweden, Assange was accused of sexual offenses in 2010. He denies these charges.