Lawyers of Julian Assange have claimed that the WikiLeaks figurehead will be at a “real risk” of the death penalty or detention in Guantánamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden over accusations of rape and sexual assault.
“It is well known that prominent figures have implied, if not stated outright, that Mr Assange should be executed,” said Assange’s legal team, warning that the possibility of a further extradition to the US poses a “real risk of him being detained at Guantánamo Bay or elsewhere”.
Assange’s lawyers have written a 35-page summary of contentions to Assange’s proposed extradition to Sweden, claiming that the European arrest warrant is “not valid”, that there has been “abuse of process” on behalf of both the Swedish prosecutor and the court system and that the extradition is “politically motivated”.
However, Assange’s case has not abated WikiLeaks’ determination to exploit the confidential information it received from US soldier Bradley Manning after he allegedly stole thousands of top secret government documents while he was serving for the US military.
Talking to reporters yesterday, after appearing in court for his extradition case, Assange said: “Our work with WikiLeaks continues unabated. We are stepping up our publications for matters relating to Cablegate and other materials.
“These will shortly be available through our newspaper partners around the world – big and small newspapers and human rights organisations.”
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