Julian Assange’s extradition from UK to US approved by home secretary
14:48, Friday, 17 June, 2022
Priti Patel has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US.
The case passed to the home secretary last month after the supreme court ruled that there were no legal questions over assurances given by US authorities over how he is likely to be treated.
While Patel has given a green light, an expected cross-appeal by Assange’s legal team would restart the clock on a renewed legal battle in the courts.
It is likely to focus on grounds such as the right to freedom of expression and whether the extradition request is politically motivated. Patel had been considering whether the US extradition request met remaining legal tests, including a promise not to execute him.