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Following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum, Julian Assange was arrested and removed from the country's embassy in London. He faces charges in the US of conspiracy to break into a computer, relating to Wikileaks' publication of more than 250,000 classified military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010. Should Assange be extradited to the US to face these charges? Was he doing a public service? Will he get a fair trial? Should he be sent to Sweden to face sexual assault charges instead?

He should be extradited to Sweden

Assange stands accused of rape and sexual assault. He should be sent to Sweden to face these charges.

A UK court already ruled in favour of extraditing him to Sweden

A High Court rejected his final appeal to avoid extradition to Sweden which prompted him to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in the first place. Explore

Failure to do so would endorse rape culture

Failure to allow a full investigation to take place into the credible rape allegations against Assange would be an affront to victims of rape everywhere. Explore

He should be extradited to the US

Assange should be extradited to the United States. He has committed crimes and should be held accountable.

Assange crossed the line between journalist and criminal

He is not a journalist or a truth-seeker but a criminal. His information-gathering methods were illegal. Explore

His intentions were not in the public's interest

Assange was not a reporter. He was not revealing information for the public's benefit. Explore

He shouldn't be extradited to Sweden

The charges against him were dropped. There is currently no pending extradition request.

The charges against him were dropped

Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Julian Assange in 2017. Explore

Assange was set up

The rape allegations were little more than an underhanded ploy (potentially orchestrated by the US government) to publicly humiliate Assange. Explore

He shouldn't be extradited to the US

Assange did not commit a crime in revealing government documents. His actions fall under public interest journalism.

Article 4 of the UK-US extradition treaty

Article 4 stipulates that prisoners cannot be extradited to face politically motivated charges. Explore

Assange did not commit a crime

Assange took steps to protect the identity of his source. This is standard journalistic practice and is not a crime. Explore

He will not face a fair trial in the US

The UK does not extradite prisoners to countries where they will not receive a fair trial. Assange will not receive a fair trial in the United States. Explore
This page was last edited on Sunday, 28 Apr 2019 at 19:12 UTC