The British High Court has overturned a ruling that blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Juian Assange to the United Sates, deciding that he can be sent to America, where he faces a possible life in prison sentence.
Washington accuses Assange of 18 counts relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential US military records, including classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq that proved highly embarrassing for Washington.
The US, which had challenged a decision made in January against his extradition, won the appeal at the High Court in London on Friday. Two appeal judges accepted Washington’s assurances that Assange would not face the strictest measures before any trial or after conviction.
Such assurances were “solemn undertakings offered by one government to another,” according to one of the judges, Timothy Holroyde.
He said Australian-born Assange would “receive appropriate clinical and psychological treatment” in the…