Julian Assange files an appeal with the ECHR to challenge his extradition to the United States

The WikiLeaks founder has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to fight his extradition from Britain, where he is currently imprisoned, to the United States.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting his extradition from Britain to the United States, has filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European court confirmed to Reuters on Friday.

Arrested by British police in 2019 after seven years in prison at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange is currently detained in the UK in a high-security prison near London.

He is already awaiting the hearing of his appeal, to the High Court in London, of the British government’s decision to extradite him. The first hearing is scheduled for early 2023.

Julian Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, told Reuters earlier this week that he believed the US authorities would avoid the case going to the ECHR. According to him, the European media and the public are more sympathetic to his cause than those in Britain or the United States.

He faces 175 years in prison.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albese also said on Wednesday that he had personally asked US officials to end the trial against the WikiLeaks founder.

Last Monday, five media (New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Le Monde and Der Spiegel) also called on the US government to drop the charges against Julian Assange.

The whistleblower is serving 175 years in prison and is wanted by the US authorities in 18 cases, including one for spying on confidential military matters.

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