Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of espionage, a British court has ruled.
Delivering her decision at the Old Bailey on Monday, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser upheld many of the arguments from lawyers representing the US, but ultimately found in favour of the Wikileaks founder due to concerns over his mental health.
The 49-year-old is said to have experienced suicidal ideation while detained in London’s Belmarsh prison and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and depression.
Baraitser said she accepted these diagnoses, adding that Assange would be at real risk if extradited to serve time in solitary confinement in the US. She also noted that Assange had the “intellect and determination” to circumvent suicide protection measures….