The Australian Prime Minister demands that the criminal prosecution of Assange be stopped

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese today called for an end to the jailing and prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a new appeal against his extradition to the United States was granted.

Britain's High Court has allowed Assange to appeal his extradition, blocking Washington's efforts to try the 52-year-old Australian accused of leaking US military secrets.

After the decision, the Australian prime minister repeated calls for an end to Assange's prosecution, saying there was "nothing to be gained" from jailing him.

- We are working on it, said the Australian Prime Minister.

The British government has approved Assange's extradition in June 2022.

Assange has been in prison in London since April 2019, after spending seven years sheltered in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The Australian prime minister said earlier this year that the prosecution of Assange "cannot go on indefinitely".

US authorities want to try Assange for leaking US military secrets related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is accused of releasing 700.000 classified documents about US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, starting in 2010, and faces up to 175 years in prison in the US.

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