US Promises Not to Seek Death Penalty for Assange

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Washington has reportedly provided assurances that the death penalty will not be sought for or imposed on Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. This move comes as part of the ongoing legal proceedings concerning Assange’s potential extradition to the United States.

According to sources, the U.S. officials have stated that they will not pursue the death penalty against Assange if he is extradited from the UK to face charges related to his publication of classified documents. These documents were highly embarrassing to the U.S. government and led to a series of legal challenges for Assange.

The assurances were reportedly sent to the United Kingdom in a bid to address several concerns about what may happen to Assange if he is extradited to the U.S. The 52-year-old WikiLeaks co-founder faces computer hacking and espionage charges that were first brought by President Donald Trump’s Justice Department and have continued into President Biden’s administration.

The diplomatic note sent from the U.S. embassy in London includes carefully-worded assurances, emphasizing that Assange will not be prejudiced by reason of his nationality with respect to which defenses he may seek to raise at trial and at sentencing. Specifically, it was noted that Assange would have the ability to raise and seek to rely upon the rights and protections given under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

This development is seen as a crucial step in the legal process and could potentially influence the decision on whether Assange will be extradited to the United States. The case continues to garner international attention and raises important questions about freedom of speech and the treatment of individuals in the legal system.

Assange has been held in Belmarsh Prison in London since 2019, and his legal team has indicated that they may attempt to challenge the extradition in the European Court of Human Rights if they exhaust all legal options in the UK. The case is set to continue with further legal proceedings in the near future.

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