On March 14, 2022, the UK Supreme Court dismissed Assange's appeal, in which he challenged an earlier permit issued by a court in London to extradite him to the United States.
“The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom denied the appeal in the case of extradition of Assange,” lawyers told Wikileaks. They clarified that the case has now been transferred to the head of the British Ministry of Internal Affairs, Priti Patel, who may soon give permission for Assange's extradition to the United States, where he has been charged with a total of 17 charges of espionage and conspiring with ex-Wikileaks informant Chelsea Manning to hack government computer systems for the distribution of classified military documents in 2010-2011.
Assange's defense, public organizations and independent journalists continue to fight for his release.
On December 10, 2021, the High Court in London allowed the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. His defense appealed this decision and tried to challenge the extradition. A year ago, the same court refused to extradite Assange to the United States for fear that he might commit suicide there.
The London court took into account the statements of representatives of state prosecution agencies from the United States that they minimize the risk of Assange's suicide after extradition. The lawyers representing the United States also promised that Assange would be kept in an American prison under normal conditions, and harsh measures would not be taken against him if he himself did not commit an act for which they deserved them in the future. In total, the US provided the court with four security guarantees, including that Assange would not be subjected to solitary confinement before or after trial, or held in a maximum security prison if extradited.
In October last year, Assange suffered a minor stroke in the British Belmarsh prison during court hearings on his extradition. After a transient ischemic attack, Assange was left with a drooping right eyelid, memory problems began, and the doctor also recorded signs of a neurological disorder. After the incident, the doctors did Assange magnetic resonance imaging and prescribed medication for a stroke. His entourage and the International Federation of Journalists several times asked the court to stop the severe psychological stress on the creator of WikiLeaks, but the Westminster Magistrates Court did not allow him to be released under any conditions.
Now Assange is 50 years old and is in a British prison in a separate cell. He spent eight years locked up, hiding from June 2012 in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
In early April 2019, Assange was denied asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy "for repeated violations of international conventions." In fact, the embassy had to extradite him to the British authorities. On April 11, 2019, in London, at the request of the United States, Assange was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police.
In April 2019, London police arrested Assange after he was denied asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy.
If extradited to the US, the founder of WikiLeaks could be sentenced to 175 years in a maximum security prison. While US prosecutors said the sentence would be lighter, the prosecution is likely to require four to six years in prison.
In September 2020, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism) by a prison psychiatrist.
In October 2020, lawyers for the founder of WikiLeaks revealed that the FBI seized all legally privileged materials from Julian Assange after his arrest, including records from his personal archive. And without this information, it became difficult to conduct a full-fledged defense in his extradition case.
In mid-December 2020, there were rumors that US President Donald Trump was going to pardon Assange. But this, as ex-US intelligence officer Edward Snowden clarified on Twitter, turned out to be incorrect information in the end.
On January 4, 2021, the Central Criminal Court in London refused to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Lawyers for the American side appealed the decision. On January 6, a British court denied Julian Assange bail and left him in custody pending a US extradition appeal.
On June 26, 2021, one of the main witnesses in the US case against Assange, Icelander Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, admitted that he fabricated key evidence against the founder of WikiLeaks. It was these materials that the United States used in its indictment.
In September 2021, the media reported that US intelligence agencies and the administration of former President Donald Trump were planning several options for kidnapping Julian Assange from the UK and even killing WikiLeaks founder. In fact, they wanted to declare war on WikiLeaks and everyone associated with this organization, for several years they closely followed all its employees around the world, recorded on video all the actions of Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy.