WikiLeaks founder denied bail by London court docket

Julian Assange points to the media from a police vehicle upon his arrival at Westminster Magistrates Court on April 11, 2019 in London, England.

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LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied bail by a London court.

The decision came after it was decided on Monday that the 49-year-old Australian cannot be extradited to the United States

He is currently being held at HMP Belmarsh in south east London for skipping bail on a previous occasion.

“I am pleased that there are substantial reasons to believe that if Mr. Assange is released today, he would not surrender to court to face the appeal,” Judge Vanessa Baraitser said, according to Reuters.

US authorities want to accuse Assange of espionage after posting hundreds of thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011.

Baraitser said Monday that the extradition would be dire due to Assange’s sanity and warned that he could commit suicide.

“The overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes desperate man who is genuinely afraid for his future,” wrote Baraitser in her judgment. “For all of these reasons, I find that Mr Assange’s risk of committing suicide if an extradition warrant is issued is significant.”

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