British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed Thursday that he has signed the extradition request to extradite WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, to the United States.
Assange will appear before a preliminary hearing in a London court on June 14, to fight against his extradition.
In May, a grand jury in Virginia (USA) filed 18 new charges against him. Accused of espionage and for the publication of highly classified documents, which could lead to a sentence of up to 170 years.
Sajid Javid, on a radio interview said “I am very satisfied that the police have finally captured him and that he is now imprisoned because he has violated British law,” He also declared that it is the court that now has “the final decision” on the future of Assange.
A spokesman for the British Home Secretary office announce that Assange was arrested “in connection with a request for provisional extradition from the United States, accused of crimes that include the misuse of computers and the unauthorized declassification of information relating to the national defense”.
He added that, now, British Home Secretary office has received “the (complete) request for extradition”, which has been certified by the Home Secretary.
In previous hearings, another London court sentenced him to a 50-week prison penance for probation violation on June 19, 2012, when he took refuge for 7 years in the embassy of Ecuador in London, with the consent of former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.
On April 11, the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, discontinued Assange’s diplomatic asylum.
According to Washington, in March 2010, the Australian coordinated with ex-soldier Chelsea Manning – at that time intelligence analyst of the Department of Defense under the name of Bradley Manning – the access to classified government material.
Confidential data was obtained with information about the conflicts in Iraq, the United States and communication of the US State Department. The publication of classified information came as a hard strike to US diplomacy.