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‘Assange will be extradited to the United States’

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Interview. We spoke with a US lawyer and information security expert to talk about Julian Assange. ‘The very fact that Assange is facing this extradition battle could very well lead to dangerous and far-reaching implications for journalists.’

written by Marina Catucci

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April 14, 2019

Alexander J. Urbelis is a unique character. He’s a partner at Blackstone Law Group, a New York law firm, specialized in privacy and security. He’s also active in the hacker community, as a producer for the radio show Off The Hook, from 2600. We asked him about Julian Assange’s future and his evolving reputation among hackers.

As a lawyer, can you tell me what is the most predictable scenario for Assange?

Assange’s departure from the Ecuadorian embassy has set in motion several simultaneous legal showdowns, all of which will no doubt be subject to intense scrutiny and coverage by the world’s media.

First, the London police have already brought Assange before a magistrate judge and who found Assange guilty of failing to surrender to the UK judiciary. The UK courts will shortly impose a sentence on Assange for that charge, meaning that he will be subject to confinement in the UK.

Separately, Assange’s UK legal representatives have signaled that they intend to fight the United States’ request to extradite Assange. Assange will appear in court in the UK in May to begin the process of contesting extradition. This will be a battleground and Assange and WikiLeaks supporters can be expected to use the extradition proceedings to cast aspersions on the US legal system and the dangers of prosecuting journalism. Not surprisingly, the United States Department of Justice appears to........

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