Julian Assange: A glimmer of hope?

Hope for Julian Assange?

Supporters of Julian Assange in London. Credit: Alisdare Hickson/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0

In a recent landmark decision, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, received a conditional opportunity to contest his extradition to the United States.

On Tuesday, March 26, the UK High Court delivered its verdict, spearheaded by the president of the king’s bench division, Victoria Sharp, alongside Mr Justice Johnson.

The UK ruling has put the ball in the US administration’s court, demanding it deliver satisfactory assurances regarding Assange’s treatment.

The appeal and its conditions

This ruling momentarily shields Assange from being extradited to face espionage charges. This latest development comes at a crucial juncture, as failure to appeal could have led to his immediate extradition.

However, Assange’s legal battle is far from over, with his fate hanging in the balance. The judges acknowledged that Assange’s appeal holds merit on three specific grounds, yet they’ve deferred the final decision while awaiting the US government’s response.

Legal representatives argued that Assange had a good chance of success on three of the nine grounds levelled against him. Meanwhile, they have given the US government three weeks to provide the relevant reassurances.

A fight for justice and rights

Assange’s legal representatives argued that extraditing him would result in a severe miscarriage of justice, citing the significant human rights implications of his potential trial in the US.

As reported by the Guardian, his wife, Stella Assange, criticised the court’s decision, viewing it as a call for US political intervention rather than a pursuit of justice: ‘What the courts have done has been to invite a political intervention from the United States … send a letter saying “its all OK.”‘ She added, ‘I find this astounding.’

The way ahead

With the US given a deadline until April 16 to provide its assurances, the legal proceedings are poised for further developments.

The implications of this case extend beyond Assange’s personal fate, touching upon broader issues of press freedom and the right to information.

A spokesperson for the National Union of Journalists, welcomed the news but called on the US to pursue a plea deal.

In the shadow of potential geopolitical and legal ramifications, the world watches closely. The outcome could redefine the boundaries of journalism, free speech, and international law.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • CCW60

      27 March 2024 • 13:33

      Assange should be freed period. The ONLY reason he has endured this long horrific ordeal is because he rightfully exposed corruption at the highest levels in the U.S. government and their conspiracy with others. He is innocent of any wrongdoing!

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