British judge denies US extradition request for WikiLeaks' Assange

A British judge has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to confront espionage charges, citing concerns about his mental health and the prison conditions he could face there. Judge Vanessa Baraitser delivered her verdict at London’s Old Bailey court on Monday, saying she was alarmed by the effect incarceration in Britain’s Belmarsh prison has had on the 49-year-old Australian activist’s mental health. She feared that the harsh confinement Assange potentially faces in the US while awaiting trial could worsen his health and lead to suicide. “F…

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