The United Kingdom will extradite the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, to the United States. This was stated by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, speaking at the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo. "I cannot make wider statements - explained Pompeo -, but my government thinks it is important that this man, who has endangered American soldiers, is sanctioned by justice".
Accused of espionage - The US secretary of state also said that Assange has created a "risk situation for the world". The founder of Wikileaks is accused of espionage by the US, which has long called for his extradition. The hearing to study this request will be in the UK at the end of February next year. A week ago, the British minister for Europe and the Americas, Alan Duncan, during a visit to Ecuador had assured that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could risk the death penalty.
The American federal justice, writes the specialized site Death Penalty Information Center, authorizes the death penalty also for the crime of espionage. On Assange in the United States weigh 18 charges and the total of the relative penalties is about 175 years in prison. Most of the charges against him are related to obtaining and disseminating information classified by Wikileaks, which in 2010 published hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents.
Seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London - Refugee for seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he could enjoy political asylum, on 11 April Assange was arrested by the British police with the approval of Quito. He was immediately placed in detention and then sentenced on May 1 to a sentence of 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions of bail. The government of Ecuador has assured that, at the time it has withdrawn the Australian asylum, it has received written guarantees from London that Assange will not be extradited to a country where he could suffer torture or be sentenced to death.