UK judge to decide on bail for WikiLeaks’ imprisoned Assange

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FILE – In this May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been in self imposed exile since 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

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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