Updated 12:52 PM EDT, Fri June 17, 2022
Julian Assange, founder of the website WikiLeaks, has been a key figure in major leaks of classified government documents, cables and videos.
The Australian is wanted in the United States on 18 criminal charges after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified files and diplomatic cables in 2010. If convicted, he faces up to 175 years in prison.
Assange spent nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, protected by asylum status. In 2019, his asylum was rescinded by Ecuador and he was arrested by London's Metropolitan Police in connection with bail-skipping charges and an extradition warrant from the US Justice Department.
In January 2021, a British judge rejected a US request to extradite Assange to America, ruling that such a move would be "oppressive" by reason of his mental health. In December, two senior judges overturned that ruling on the basis of four assurances that the United States made about how Assange would be treated.
In June, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an order to extradite Assange to the United States. Jennifer Robinson, Assange's legal counsel, said that an appeal would be brought and that the case could ultimately be taken to the European Court of Human Rights.