WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to avoid being extradited to the United States.
Assange appeals to European court
WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, who is battling extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States where he is wanted on criminal charges, has submitted an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, the court has confirmed.
Assange, 51, is wanted by US authorities on 18 counts, including one under a spying act, relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables which its officials say put lives in danger.
The UK has given the go-ahead for his extradition but he has launched an appeal at London’s High Court, with the first hearing expected early next year.
His legal team have also launched a case against the UK at the ECHR, which could potentially order the extradition to be blocked.