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    The US Department of Justice is seeking to extradite Assange on 18 charges linked to espionage, with a possible sentence as long as 175 years, for publishing classified information on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands of US diplomatic cables.

    The hearing for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange resumes in London on Monday, after a break was called due to the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak. Previously, one of the participating lawyers tested negative for COVID-19. At the same time, Assange supporters are gathering outside London's Old Bailey to protest against his possible extradition to the United States.

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    • 16:26

      Defense Witness Reminds UK Extradition Hearing Assange Would Face Life Sentence in US

      "If convicted, he is likely to be sentenced to imprisonment that will go on for the rest of his life", US lawyer and criminology expert Eric Lewis said via video link from the United States on the first part of the hearing that resumed on Monday after the court adjourned on Thursday over COVID-19 concerns that were later cleared when the suspect case tested negative.

      In spite of the technical difficulties that eventually led court to adjourn for the day, Lewis added that in the "best case scenario", Assange could face "somewhere between 20 years, if everything goes brilliantly, to 175 years which the government could easily ask for", for publishing classified information on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands of US diplomatic cables.

      He added that the US Department of Justice will treat the 49-year-old whistleblower as a national security risk prisoner, and he will be detained under special administrative measures.

      Lewis noted that under such a regime, prisoners are not even allowed to watch television programs other than those chosen by the prison authorities, pointing out that Assange's mental health makes him particularly vulnerable to this type of harsh conditions.

    • 15:03

      Court Adjourns Until 15 September Due to Technical Problems, Reports Say

    • 13:23

      UK Writer John Rees Warns That if Assange is Convicted 'Best-Case’ Scenario is Two Decades in Prison

      Sputnik: What can you tell me about the part of the expert testimony which focused on what Julian Assange could expect to face in relation to the charges themselves?

      John Rees: There was some speculation in court, driven largely by the prosecution, which was trying to intimate that, although the maximum amount of time that Julian would spend in jail if he were convicted on these charges is 175 years, that was really very unlikely and it was all much more likely to be in the 20-25-year range.

      You know, apart from anything else, Julian Assange is 49 now; that would be for a considerable period of the rest of his life – if the best-case scenario were to be enacted

      But I don’t think anybody who is following these proceedings or has followed the way in which this case has been pursued by the American administration, and has heard the language that Mike Pompeo, William Barr, and Trump himself have used, could sensibly put their hand on their heart and say: "oh, no; I'm sure these guys will give him the minimum possible term, not the maximum possible term of 175 years". I just don’t think that that's a remotely credible interpretation of the political context of this case

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