Republished with permission by Knowhere News
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed on Thursday he signed an order at the US government’s request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face allegations of computer hacking.
Javid said Assange’s fate now lies with the UK courts to determine if the US case meets all tests required for him to be extradited. Assange returns to court in London on Friday as the next step toward transferring him to the US.
The Swedish government also re-opened a sexual assault investigation into Assange, and Swedish prosecutors are seeking his extradition. Assange has denied the allegations.
Although the Swedish charges were not associated with the US hacking case, Assange, as well as his supporters, feared they were only a pretext for eventual extradition to the US from Sweden.
Assange is currently serving a 50-week prison term after being removed from the Ecuadorean embassy in April and arrested for a 2012 bail violation.