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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues to seek extradition from the U.S.

Reuters, Washington

The US Justice Department is continuing efforts to seek the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, spokesperson Nicole Navas told Sputnik.

"I can confirm we are continuing our efforts to seek the extradition of Julian Assange," Navas said on Friday when asked if the Department of Justice had challenged the decision of a British judge against the extradition of Assange.



U.K. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled in January not to extradite Assange to the U.S., citing health concerns and the possibility of suicide in the U.S. prison system but did not free him from a high-security prison in Belmarsh, where he remains in custody.

Assange was originally accused of conspiring to hack sensitive data on a government computer by the Obama administration. Charges have been extended to include treason in 2019, punishable by a total of 175 years in jail. It is suspected that Assange is responsible for the largest leak in 2010 on WikiLeaks of classified information in history that sheds light on war crimes committed by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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