The United States is asking a British court to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges on U.S. soil, arguing in court papers that the U.K.’s revocation of his passport is illegal, BBC News reported.
Assange is wanted in the U.S. on charges of espionage, and his supporters have argued that he should be given the same privileges as other fugitives of justice. U.S. officials have said publicly that Assange will face trial, but the State Department has been quiet on the court process that will lead to Assange’s trial.
But the United States is asking to have the case heard in America, alleging in the court papers that he should be given privileges the administration says it would grant other citizens.
If Assange were in the U.S., he could face charges for publishing classified material. He has been seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, claiming his life is in danger.
“This is not about Australian law, U.S. law, international law, or even the rule of law,” Assange said in a statement posted to WikiLeaks’ website. “The claim that the U.S. government does not prosecute its own citizens, that WikiLeaks is merely a publisher, and that it is not seeking to extradite Mr. Assange to the United States from where he could face justice for crimes he has not been charged with is, without any doubt, false.”
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