Home Office Nick Hurd about Extraditing Julian Assange to the US – June 2018

We now know that Julian Assange has been indicted in the US. We also know that:

“short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant, and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged,”

and that:

“The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.”

The current UK government’s position on Extraditing Julian Assange to the United States is clear:

The sealed inditement against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the US explains UK government’s disproportionate response to Julian Assange, arbitrarily detaining him since December 2010.

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