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article imageVideo update: Saturday deadline for extradition of Assange

By Anne Sewell     Jul 7, 2012 in World
London - Today is the deadline for Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden. Ecuador's decision is still to be given on his political asylum in that country.
Julian Assange has stated that he will not leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London until a decision has been made on his request for political asylum in Ecuador.
Assange has now spent two and a half weeks in the embassy.
Police are posted on every exit, hoping that he will step out and be arrested, ready for extradition.
Staunch supporters of Assange are keeping vigil outside the building throughout his stay there, calling for his release from charges. Supporters feel that the handling of his case by the British judicial system has been a failure.
Ecuador's decision on giving political asylum is still awaited and Ecuador's U.K. ambassador is personally working on the issue and recently returned home for consultations with the government and President Rafael Correa.
As the deadline looms today, Ecuador may be forced to make a final decision.
Should Assange be extradited to Sweden, he will be placed in very strict pre-trial detention conditions, and his lawyers fear that this would make it easier for him to then be extradited on to the U.S. on espionage charges. The U.S. wants him due to the release of sensitive government documents in the WikiLeaks "Global Intelligence Files" or "Cablegate" release.
In the meantime, as reported on Digital Journal, WikiLeaks has released the "Syria Files", which is their biggest release yet, with 2.4 million emails relating to Syria. This information is said to be embarrassing to Syria, but also to the country's opposition and many Western companies. The data is set to be released in chunks over the next two weeks.
It has been said that the Syria Files release is eight times bigger than the Cablegate files.
On the subject of the Syria Files, WikiLeaks states on its website:
"Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria Files – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture. At this time Syria is undergoing a violent internal conflict that has killed between 6,000 and 15,000 people in the last 18 months. The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another."
Whatever happens to Assange in the next days, WikiLeaks intends to carry on the fight.
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