LONDON (AP) – A British judge is set to decide whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be released from the prison where he has been held for more than a year and a half as he fights extradition to the United States. Assange has been detained at London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison since April 2019, when he was arrested for skipping bail during a separate legal battle.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will preside over a bail hearing Wednesday, two days after she rejected an American request to send Assange to the U.S. to face espionage charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret military documents a decade ago. The judge said Assange is likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions.
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