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Julian Assange extradition could take "months or years"

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Deanna Wagner | 12 April, 2019, 16:53

On Thursday night's episode of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah reflected on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's "Arrested Embarrassment", discussing everything from his beard and cat, to what this means for the future of press freedom.

Diane Abbott, Labour's spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. However, the US Department of Justice claims that he faces just five years behind bars on hacking charges. "I'll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the U.K. Sweden had those charges, which have been dropped in the last several years". He had stayed inside the embassy building for almost seven years.

Britain is bound by law not to extradite a suspect to a country where he or she could face execution for the crime, but this is not an issue at the moment because the crime Assange faces does not put him at risk of capital punishment, he said.

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Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates Court after being arrested where district judge Michael Snow said that his claim that he had not had a fair hearing was "laughable". "And his behaviour is that of a narcissist who can not get beyond his own selfish interests". But Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the expected battle over Assange's possible extradition would not involve Australia. "Please be patient, gentle & kind to him" she asked of police and court personnel.

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange could face a renewed investigation into an allegation of rape in Sweden. She said "we should listen to what he wants to do" but "we don't offer asylum to someone who's not asking for it". Throughout his seven-year stay in the embassy, Assange allegedly cost the Ecuadorian government $5.8 million in security services, plus another $400,000 on food, laundry, and medical bills.