UK court blocks Assange's extradition to US

London (AFP) – A British judge on Monday ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing hundreds of thousands of secret documents online. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said the 49-year-old Australian publisher was a suicide risk if he was sent into custody across the Atlantic. “For this reason I have decided extradition would be oppressive by reason of mental harm and I order his discharge,” she added. In court, Assange wiped his forehead as the decision was announced while his fiancee Stella Moris burst int…

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