British Interior Minister Sajiv Javid announced Thursday that he has approved the extradition of the founder of Wikileaks,Julian Assange, to the United States, although it will have to be the British courts thatdecide the next step.
Speaking to the BBC, Javid has indicated that the Australian"It is correctly behind the bars"."There is a request for extradition from the United States that will be addressed in the courts tomorrow, but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it, and that will go to court tomorrow," he explained.
The lawyers ofAssangethey are expected to answer Javid's decision, paving the way for a lengthy appeal process in British courts.
The US government has accused Assange of conspiring with the former military intelligence analystChelsea Manningforfilter classified material in 2010. The founder of Wikileaks remains imprisoned in the prison of Belmarsh, in London after his arrest by the Police in the Embassy of Ecuador on April 11, after spending seven years refugee in order to avoid his arrest.
Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison on May 1 after being convicted of infringing the conditions of his bail in connection with a previous extradition request from Sweden, which sought him to respond to rape allegations and sexual assault
After visiting him in the prison hospital on Tuesday, the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei assured that Assange's health is being"deteriorating."