Julian Assange Says His Life Is at Stake as U.S. Seeks His Extradition


In London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates’ court today, saying his life was “effectively at stake” if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange appeared by videolink from the high-security Belmarsh Prison, where he’s serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in 2012 when he took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. U.S. prosecutors have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act, in the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Later in the broadcast, we’ll look at why one of Assange’s friends, the internet activist Ola Bini, has been jailed in Ecuador for over two months. They were arrested on the same day.


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