Judge rules against extradition of Julian Assange

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A British judge has ruled the extradition to the United States of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was unwarranted on mental health grounds and could result in his death.

Outlining her decision that “Extradition would be oppressive by reason of Assange’s mental health”, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser told London’s Central Criminal Court on Monday she was satisfied that procedures described by the US would not prevent Assange, 49, from finding a way to commit suicide in a US supermax prison.

Acknowledging doctors’ opinions that Assange suffers from recurrent depressive disorder and is autistic, Judge Baraitser said Assange was “at a high risk of suicide and that there is a “real risk” he will be detained subject to special administrative measures in US prison, especially because intelligence community is hostile to him” Shadowproofcom managing editor Kevin Gosztola live-tweeted.

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