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Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls on the US to drop its Espionage Act charges against him, and for the Wikileaks publisher to be released on grounds that his health has seriously deteriorated whilst in detention.

ARTICLE 19 also calls on the UK court to reject Assange’s extradition to the US, where he faces charges that relate to the publication of Wikileaks material; if found guilty, he could face up to 175 years in prison.

The groups consider Banks’s case to be an example of a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP), as it is vexatious in nature and intended to silence Cadwalladr’s investigative journalism.