A Lawyer Clair Dobbin, representing the United States Justice, stated today before the High Court of London that the defense “wrongly describes” the accusations against Assange, which in reality are “criminal offenses based on evidence”.

Dobbin said Assange is wanted for conspiring with former US soldier Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning) to obtain classified military information and then release it to the public, endangering “numerous innocent US informants” in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Iran or Syria.

The American lawyer stressed that it is incorrect when the defense tries to compare the defendant – who tried between 2009 and 2015, according to Clair Dobbin, to recruit hackers for his portal – with “a common journalist or editor” who uses sources for his News.

“WikiLeaks explicitly requested confidential material and information. It encouraged others to pirate and produced a list of ‘most wanted escapes’. This goes far beyond the acts of a journalist gathering information,” alleged the American lawyer.

The lawyer also said that the defense’s arguments that her client will not have a fair trial in the United States or that the accusations violate his freedom of expression are unfounded.

The court began on Tuesday to evaluate the possibility of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appealing his extradition request to the United States, where he is being prosecuted for the massive disclosure of confidential documents.

Two High Court magistrates will review the previous decision, contrary to the appeal and taken by a single judge on June 6, 2023, and deliberate on whether Julian Assange can appeal.

The decision could be announced on Thursday, postponed until later, or the judges could schedule a new hearing to hear more arguments.

If the request is refused, all legal avenues in the British judicial system will be exhausted and Assange will be extradited to the United States of America (USA), or he may appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

The 53-year-old Australian is accused by US authorities of having published more than 700,000 confidential documents about US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, from 2010 onwards.

Detained by British police in 2019, after seven years in exile at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, he has been incarcerated for five years in the high-security Belmarsh prison, in east London.

The British Government approved the extradition in June 2022, but Julian Assange appealed. If extradition is confirmed, Assange is subject to a maximum of 175 years in prison in the US.

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