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Julian Assange must challenge extradition again

JULIAN Assange faces a new appeal by the US government on 27 and 28 October 2021. The US continues to seek his extradition to stand trial for his Wikileaks activities.

US Government lawyers seek to bring Assange to their country to face multiple charges under the Espionage Act. They have won leave to appeal on new grounds against the earlier decision by a UK District Judge, Vanessa Baraitser, not to extradite him.

The appeal against the decision not to extradite Assange turns on the integrity of the assessment of his suicide risk. The Biden Administration is showing every sign of pursuing extradition for Assange with as much vigour as the previous Administration did.

For background on the extradition, Assange's case and its implications for press freedom, see here.

The full court hearing on 27 and 28 October is at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL. The Julian Assange Defence Campaign is calling for a solidarity demonstration outside the Court at 9am on the Wednesday.

A recent Yahoo News report claimed that the CIA under the Trump Administration had considered kidnapping and assassinating Assange. NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet responded to the report by calling for the US Government's appeal to be dismissed.