The Eyes of The World Are on Julian Assange Who is Fighting For His Life!

Published September 17th, 2020 - 05:26 GMT
Demonstrators protest outside of the Old Bailey court in central London on September 14, 2020, where the extradition hearing against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has resumed. Assange is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States for leaking military secrets. If convicted, Assange -- who has been held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison for the last 16 months -- could be jailed for up to 175 years. Tolga AKMEN / AFP
Demonstrators protest outside of the Old Bailey court in central London on September 14, 2020, where the extradition hearing against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has resumed. Assange is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States for leaking military secrets. If convicted, Assange -- who has been held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison for the last 16 months -- could be jailed for up to 175 years. Tolga AKMEN / AFP
Highlights
In the United States and the United Kingdom, no publisher has ever been successfully prosecuted for publishing classified information.

Julian Assange is currently locked into the fight of his life in a trial where if found guilty, he will be extradited to the United States, where he could face up to 175 years inside a maximum security prison, which has been described by an ex-prison warden as fate that is ‘worse than death.’

The eyes of the world are now on the Old Bailey court in London over a case regarding a man many consider to be the world's most famous political prisoner in extradition hearing that many are calling the trial of the century.

According to the prosecutors, the US constitutional first amendment rights that allegedly protect freedom of speech and the freedom of the press do not apply to Assange as he is not an American citizen, although the 18 charges against him have been filed under the United States Espionage Act.

In the United States and the United Kingdom, no publisher has ever been successfully prosecuted for publishing classified information. So, whatever happens in the Assange extradition hearing, the consequences will be far-reaching and will have implications for journalists everywhere.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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