DOJ Appeals UK Ruling Against Extraditing Assange

The Guardian reports:

The US government has appealed a UK judge’s ruling against the extradition of the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, according to a Justice Department official.

The appeal made clear that Joe Biden intends to have Assange stand trial on espionage- and hacking-related charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of US military and diplomatic documents.

The Justice Department had until Friday to file an appeal against the ruling on 4 January that Assange suffered mental health problems that would raise the risk of suicide were he extradited to the US for trial. “Yes, we filed an appeal and we are continuing to pursue extradition,” a Justice Department spokesperson, Marc Raimondi, told AFP.

Read the full article. Earlier this month a coalition of human rights groups, including the ACLU, petitioned Biden to drop the Assange case entirely.