The court on Wednesday refused to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a UK prison. A day earlier, the court rejected the appeal to hand Assange to the US. On this, the US had asked to appeal against this decision. He demanded that Assange be sent to custody till the trial of the case is over.
Assange, 49, is a citizen of Australia. He has been in London’s Belmarsh prison for more than four years. He was convicted for not believing bail conditions. Assange was arrested in 2010 on a Swedish appeal in London. He was accused of rape by two Swedish women.
Took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden. In this way, he survived the arrest. Later the government of Ecuador refused to give him asylum. The reason for this was said to be the frequent violation of international agreements.
He was arrested by the UK police when he came out of the embassy in 2019. Sweden withdrew rape charges in November 2019. Despite this, Assange remained in jail.
Assange is wanted for America
Assange made public the military and diplomatic documents on WikiLeaks’ website. Through this, he accused the US, England, and NATO forces of war crimes in Iraq. Assange is also accused that during the US presidential election, Russian intelligence agencies hacked emails related to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and gave it to WikiLeaks.
In April 2019, the US accused him of hatching a conspiracy. If convicted, he will be sentenced to five years. If he is found guilty on all the charges against Assange, he can face a sentence of up to 175 years.
Lawyer’s plea – Accused due to politics
The US alleges that Assange obtained secret documents from Chelsea Manning, an Army intelligence analyst. The thousands of pages of documents included information on prisoners in the disputed Guantanamo Bay Jail in addition to the Iraq War.
Assange’s lawyers and supporters have always said that the charges against him were due to politics. If they are punished for this, the freedom of the press in both the US and UK countries will be affected.