Britain’s interior secretary, Sajid Jav, signed an extradition order that would send the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to prison in the United States if British courts uphold the process.
Javid told the BBC on Thursday that the courts will decide whether Assange should face espionage charges in the United States.
The founder of WikiLeaks faces a hearing on Friday about the US extradition request, but any decision could take months. Due to health issues, she has not attended a hearing recently and is expected to participate remotely at the morning appointment.
Assange, 47, is serving a 50-week sentence at the Belmarsh Prison in London for violating the terms of his bail in Britain.
The US plan to prosecute him for espionage has raised questions about freedom of expression, guaranteed by the US Constitution. Assange assures that he is a journalist protected by the First Amendment. (I)