Assange appealed against extradition to the United States

Julian Assange
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The founder of WikiLeaks,Julian Assange appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the US to face criminal charges, his brother said, the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade. Reuters.

Assange, 50, is wanted by US authorities on 18 charges, including espionage, in connection with the release of a number of classified US military files and diplomatic cables that Washington said threatened lives.

Last month, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition, and her office said British courts had concluded that his extradition would not be incompatible with his human rights and that he would be treated accordingly.

Australian-born Assange's legal team has appealed that decision to the High Court, his brother Gabriel Shipton confirmed. The court must grant approval for the appeal to be heard, but the legal case is likely to take several months to complete.

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