Court records show that Washington has lodged a request to extradite Assange to the US
US asks UK court to allow Julian Assange to face espionage charges in US
The US has asked Britain to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges in the US, court records have revealed.
Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. But the Swedish case was later dropped.
In April 2018, Washington sought his extradition from Britain over an allegation of rape, bringing fresh attention to the Australian’s sanctuary in the embassy.
Assange has always denied the rape accusation and has resisted an extradition request by Sweden. He is wanted by the US over a 2011 leak of military files from its archives.
The US case poses a “precarious risk” of facing charges in the future, Washington said in court filings at a European arrest warrant hearing earlier this month.
A panel of three judges at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge, London, will hear the case on 9 January, court papers show.
The court documents confirm that a third Swedish prosecutor closed the investigation into the rape allegation in 2016.
Assange still faces a separate investigation into an alleged sexual assault in 2010.
The US embassy in London did not respond to a request for comment.