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Assange’s wife says ‘the world is watching’ extradition appeal hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s wife Stella Assange said at her husband’s extradition appeal hearing on Tuesday that “the world is watching.”

“We have two big days ahead of us. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but you’re here because the world is watching. They have to know that they can’t get away with this.” Stella assange Said A clip featured by Mediaite from a protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

“Julian needs freedom and we all need the truth,” Stella Assange continued.

Assange has been trying to avoid extradition to the United States for more than a decade, where he faces 17 charges including espionage and computer misuse.

Julian Assange helped U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal diplomatic cables and military files that were later published on WikiLeaks, U.S. prosecutors allege.

Assange has spent the past five years in Belmarsh Prison outside London. She previously worked at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years.

“Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, told the court that he was guilty of engaging in the normal journalistic act of obtaining and publishing confidential information, information that is true and clearly of material public interest. He has been indicted for this.”

Assange’s fate could be decided at the end of a two-day hearing on Wednesday, but it is more likely that it will take several weeks before the judge convicts him, the Associated Press reported. .

“Assange and WikiLeaks are responsible for exposing the crimes of the United States government on an unprecedented scale,” Fitzgerald said in a written submission, according to the Associated Press.

Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder also said he risked up to 175 years in prison if convicted, but U.S. authorities disagree and the sentence is likely He says it will be shorter.

The Associated Press contributed.

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