The British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, has ordered the extraction in the United States of Julian Assange. The final green light from the head of the Home Office, considered obvious, comes after the judicial procedure in the United Kingdom had been completed on the controversial affair of the Australian activist who risks serving a very heavy sentence in a US prison for having contributed to disseminate through the online platform Wikileaks confidential documents also containing information on war crimes committed by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“A dark day for press freedom,” commented WikiLeaks.

The Australian co-founder of Wikileaks, who will turn 51 on 3 July, however, it will not be delivered to the United States immediately. In fact, he still has 14 days to attempt a final appeal, against the adequacy of the ministerial measure, in the face of British justice; and, in the case of a (almost obvious) rejection, to try to turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, a body that belongs to the Council of Europe of which the United Kingdom is still a member. “Under the Extradition Act of 2003, the minister is required to sign the extradition order if he has no basis to prohibit it from being carried out,” reads an explanatory note released in Patel’s name by ‘Home Office, the British Department of the Interior. “On 17 June – continues the press release – following the judgment given by both the first instance court and the High Court, the extradition to the US of Mr. Julian Assange was therefore ordered. Mr. Assange nevertheless retains the right to appeal within the normal period of 14 days “.

The ministry notes in any case that “in this dear the Courts of the United Kingdom have not found the risk of abuse, of unfair or oppressive treatment against Assange in the context of the extradition process. Nor have they found that in the United States he could go through a procedure that is incompatible with his human rights, including the right to a fair trial or to his free expression “, stating that” he will be treated appropriately also in relation to his health “. Moreover, the formal motivations of the minister do not cancel the controversy against the entire story of the judicial hunt for the Australian activist, pursued by Washington for over 10 years. An event denounced as unfair and persecutory by many supporters, by humanitarian organizations such as Amnesty International, by UN agencies, by some medical experts and by various international media