“Future of journalism” at stake as extradition decision looms in Assange case
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The judge ruled against Assange’s release, stating that he had an “incentive to abscond,” and “as a matter of fairness” she needed to give the US government the chance to pursue an appeal, which it has indicated it intends to do.

“We are alarmed by reports of a rapid increase in Covid infections at Belmarsh prison, resulting in Julian Assange being held in de facto solitary confinement. His physical and mental health history leaves him highly vulnerable, and it is clearly unsafe for him to be detained in these conditions.”

Faced with the challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit, the UK government has responded by trying to override democratic checks on executive power.