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The UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, could soon sign off on the extradition of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange is an Australian whistleblower that is currently being detained in the UK.
Despite a US extradition looming closer, it will still be possible for Assange to appeal the decision, and he could not be transferred into a US Federal prison. Still, the UK and the US governments are working closely together.
Assange's extradition to the US
Assange is the creator of the WikiLeaks media organization. The whistleblower became popular in 2010 after he attracted global attention. At the time, Assange published several leaks showing war atrocities carried out by the US in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of the videos showed US soldiers killing civilians, including a photographer for the Reuters news company and his driver.
Shortly after the leaks were made public, Assange became a target for authorities based in the US. An international arrest warrant was also issued for Assange by the Swedish law enforcement authorities accusing him of sexual assault. However, Assange denied these accusations saying they were made as an excuse to extradite him to the United States.
However, Assange lost the lawsuit with the Swedish government. He escaped to the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and he was granted asylum. He did not stay in the embassy for long, but he was forcefully removed from the embassy three years ago, and he was taken to the Belmarsh prison in London.
Since he was taken to the Belmarsh prison, the US has been trying to get his extradition to be sent to a US Federal prison where he will be charged for the leaks made against the US army. Assange faces 18 criminal charges for which he could be convicted for up to 175 years behind bars.
A recent report from CNN said that the British High Court had issued a formal order allowing the extradition of Assange into the US. The only thing remaining is for the UK Home Secretary to give a rubber-stamp that will transfer Assange to a US prison. However, the law permits Assange to appeal against the extradition.
This is not the first time Assange is getting closer to being extradited to the US. In January last year, the whistleblower was also close to being extradited to the US, but the British High Court overturned the decision.
Law officials in the country could also be done if he was a subject to “special administrative measures.” The High Court has also insisted that he would not face a maximum prison sentence if extradited to the US.
Crypto fundraising for Assange
Many people have been involved in a fundraiser for Assange to help him secure his freedom. Several organizations have been created for this cause over the years, including the Assange decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).
AssangeDAO raised around 17,000 Ether (ETH) tokens contributed by 10,000 users earlier in the year. At the fundraiser's time, the assets were valued at around $54 million.
The organization released a statement saying,
AssangeDAO intends to raise capital to bid on Assange's NFT. By galvanizing an Assange solidarity network, we hope to send a powerful signal that the time of passivity is over. A new era of cypherpunk organization has dawned.
Following the possible extradition of Assange to the US, there are expected to be more organizations coming up to raise cryptocurrency assets, which could increase the amount that the whistleblower has so far received.