Justice Department Presses UK to Extradite WikiLeaks Founder to US
The Justice Department has formally asked Britain to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face a raft of charges related to his release of a massive trove of secret diplomatic cables and war logs, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
A formal request for Assange’s extradition was delivered to British authorities last Thursday, just days before a June 11 deadline.
Under an extradition treaty with the United Kingdom, the U.S. had 60 days from the date of Assange’s April 11 arrest in London to file a formal request for his handover. The treaty bars U.S.