WikiLeaks founder Assange extradited to US | USA TODAY

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to United States where he faces 18 criminal charges for leaking classified documents.

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Britain’s interior minister on Friday approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges, the latest twist in the WikiLeaks founder’s long-running legal saga over leaked documents he published. But the decision does not completely end Assange’s decade-long fight to avoid facing a U.S. trial in a case that could have implications for First Amendment protections.

WikiLeaks said Assange will Patel’s decision with Britain’s High Court. “UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange,” Home Secretary Priti Patel’s office said in a statement.

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