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The case of Julian Assange in overview

April 2010:
Wikileaks publishes the video „Collateral Murder“. It is the recorded mission of US-soldiers

in Baghdad, Iraq – filmed from a helicopter. (2007) The soldiers can be seen shooting at journalists

and civilians – including children. The video is extremely brutal and attracts worldwide attention.

June 2012:

Assange is before the Supreme Court in London, Great Britain.

The court decides that he should be extradited to Sweden. Assange fears that once in Sweden, the

country will directly transfer him to the United States. Assange does no appear at the sentencing

hearing but applies for political asylum in Ecuador.

He flees to the embassy building in central London. His request for asylum is granted.

April 2019:

After nearly seven years, Assange is arrested by UK police and taken from the embassy to the

high-security Belmarsh prison in London. He gets sentenced for the 2012 bail escape.

The US officially charges him with unauthorized access to computer networks and demands

his extradition.

September 2019:
Assange's sentence has been served. Now he's in extradition custody.

June 2020:
The US releases an superseding indictment against Assange. He is accused of 17 other counts

of  espionage. In the US he faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.

January 2021:
A district court rules Assange cannot be extradited to the US due to his physical and mental health.

Prison conditions are deemed too cruel and it is not to be expected, that he would survive

the extradition. On the counts of espionage in the indictment, the United States get full

support by the judge. Assange's work was illegal under British law and is not protected by a free press.

September 2021:
After it was already known that Assange was being spied on in the embassy, „Yahoo!News“ publishes

an investigative article explaining how American intelligence agencies planned to have Assange possibly kidnapped or assassinated.

December 2021:
Assange can be extradited. A UK High Court rules that US diplomatic assurances must be found credible.

(These were designed to ensure Assange will receive a fair trial and healthy treatment in the US.)

January 2022:
Assange appeals to the UK Supreme Court.

March 2022:
The Supreme Court declines to rule on the case. The subject of the appeal was the legal question of

whether diplomatic assurances in extradition proceedings must be taken into account when they

were submitted after a previous judgment.

April 2022:
The disctrict court rules again, with a given verdict: Assange may be extradited. It is not to be expected

that he would be subjected to unlawful treatment or risk of suicide in the United States.

June 2022:

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signs the extradition of Assange. Shortly afterwards he appeals against

the decision to a British court. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France is also being

sent an appeal.

August 2022:

Assange files a further appeal with a British court over the January 2021 ruling. The central argument

is that Assange is being prosecuted for his political beliefs and actions. An agreement between the

UK and the US explicitly outlaws extradition in this case. Part of the appeal is also how the USA

repeatedly and deliberately deceived the British courts and how the circumstances of the

prosecution are being characterised by gross failures of rule of law principles.

December 2022:

The European Court of Human Rights refuses to rule on the case until the legal remedies in the UK

have been fully exhausted.

June 2023:

Both applications for appeal from June and August 2022 are rejected.
A new, final application for appeal is filed with the UK court.
If this application fails, the legal avenues in the UK will have been exhausted.

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