'Absurd' To Suggest Assange Extradition Is Political, US Says

Law360, London (November 20, 2020, 7:42 PM GMT) -- The U.S. government called claims Julian Assange is being prosecuted for his political opinions "absurd," saying in court documents filed Friday in London that the WikiLeaks founder is wanted in the U.S. to face trial because he has "committed serious criminal offenses."

In written closing submissions, U.S. prosecutors said Assange is being prosecuted for publishing classified information "that put lives in danger" and for helping a former U.S. Army analyst breach the Espionage Act, and not "because he holds opinions that America should be more transparent and not hold secrets."

Assange's lawyers contend the extradition would be illegal because the charges are...

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