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Journalist who Exposed US War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan at Last Hearing for Extradition, Faces 175 Years in Prison

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s wife and lawyer Stella Assange, has called for her husband’s release from jail at a massive rally in London on Tuesday Feb. 20, in the wake of a two-day hearing on Julian Assange’s case by the High Court of Justice in London.

Assange has been imprisoned at London’s notorious prison, Belmarsh, where he has been kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day. The Wikileaks founder faces charges for leaking sensitive documents which exposed war crimes by the US in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Authorities are yet to assess whether Assange will stand a chance to contest extradition to the US in UK courts. Protestors flocked outside the courthouse in support of the WikiLeaks founder, demanding for his release, who if convicted, might be sentenced to 175 years in prison, most likely in solitary confinement. 

Assange reportedly remained absent from court due to illness while his lawyer fought for a final appeal against extradition to the US.

“I don’t have hope that this will go our way. And even if it were to go our way – meaning he’d have leave to appeal and have his arguments heard in full – then it would mean Julian continues in prison,” said the lawyer.

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