The case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taking shape. Many are watching and waiting for him to step foot on American soil.
A British court on Friday set a date early next year for a hearing on Assange’s extradition to the U.S., according to a report from the Associated Press.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot planned for a full extradition hearing for Feb. 25, 2020. It is reportedly expected to last at least five days.
Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to the U.S. and Sweden. He faces a number of charges in America.
These charges were first filed against Assange for allegedly conspiring to hack into computers in connection with Wikileaks’ release of classified government cables from Chelsea Manning, a former Army private and intelligence analyst.
Justice Department officials added several more charges last month related to publishing a select range of the classified documents. They revealed the names of low-level, local sources utilized by the U.S. government, including Afghan and Iraqi nationals, as well as journalists, human rights activists and religious leaders.
Ben Brandon, a British lawyer representing the U.S., told a court hearing Friday that the case “related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States,” according to a report by the Associated Press.
Assange’s lawyer, Mark Summers, said the case represents an “outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights.”
Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in a London prison for skipping bail in 2012.
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