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British Court Rejects U.S. Request to Extradite WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

A British court has rejected the U.S. government’s request to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Assange is accused of illegally obtaining and sharing classified material related to national security. The case centers on WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables, in 2010 and 2011. A federal grand jury last May indicted Assange on 18 counts related to unlawfully obtaining, receiving, and disclosing classified information. If convicted, Assange faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.


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