In an attempt to prevent extradition in the US, the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange confirmed Wednesday he is starting legal action against the Donald Trump administration.
The lawyers for the Australian computer programmer have lodged an 1172-page application to the Washington-based Commission of Human Rights, asking for its immediate intervention in his case. The lawyers are also pressing the President's administration to reveal any secret charges against Assange over publishing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables in 2011.
According to the Assange's lawyers, the US prosecutors have started contacting people in the USA, Iceland, and Germany and pressing them to testify against Assange in return of immunity. Among the ones who have reportedly been approached by the US government are people associated with WikiLeak's joint publications with other media outlets about US external affairs, Guantanamo Bay, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The legal move comes in times when the Assange's relationship with Ecuador has deteriorated following the new government took office in Quito in late 2017. In a recent interview, the new Ecuadorian President commented that Assange was free to leave the Knightsbridge flat which houses the Embassy in London, highlighting that he has received written guarantees by the British government that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty. Reportedly, the Latin American's land new president, Lenin Moreno tried to negotiate to hand over Assange to Washington in exchange for debt relief. However, Moreno confirmed he would not force Assange out of the Embassy premises.
In March last year, Assange accused Ecuador's London Embassy of violating his human rights after it cut off his Internet access. Back then, the government explained its actions highlighting that Assange breached a written agreement not to issue controversial messages that could potentially interfere with other countries. In addition to that, the social media behavior of Assange put at risk the bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Ecuador.
Julian Assange has been living in Ecuador's Embassy in London since 2012. The WikiLeaks founder required asylum as he was facing allegations of sex crimes in Sweden, which he has always declined. Subsequently, the Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation. However, Assange decided to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy because he believes Washington will begin extradition proceedings against him alleging security offenses.
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