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Julian Assange files latest appeal in bid to stop United States

London, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange´s legal team has filed on Friday an appeal to London High Court in an effort to thwart his extradition to the United States to face espionage charges.

According to the Campaign against Assange’s Extradition, the “perfected grounds of appeal” relate to a trial judge’s January 2021 verdict blocking his extradition, and to the order to hand him over to U.S. prosecutors issued past June by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Attorneys for Assange will argue that the Australian journalist, who has been locked up in a UK supermax prison since 2019, is being prosecuted and punished for his political standpoints and also for protected speech, and that the extradition request violates the US-UK Extradirion Treaty and international law as it relates to what it calls political offenses.

Since the last ruling, overwhelming evidence has emerged, proving that the United States prosecution against my husband is a criminal abuse, said Stella Assange, Assange´s wife.

According to Stella, who met on Thursday in Geneva with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the High Court judges will now decide whether Julian is given the opportunity to put the case against the United States before open court, and in full, at the appeal.

Past week, attorneys and journalists filed a lawsuit in New York against CIA and its then director Mike Pompeo for spying on their conversations while visiting Assange in his asylum time in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The United States intends to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder for exposing war crimes committed by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands of State Department´s top secret files.

If tried and convicted by a U.S. court, Julian Assange may be sentenced to 175 years imprisonment from 17 espionage law-related charges against him.