Assange's wife speaks on US extradition judgment day

STORY: :: Julian Assange's wife addresses the media ahead of the WikiLeaks founder's U.S. extradition judgment

:: May 20, 2024

:: London

::Stella Assange, Wife of Julian Assange

"Thank you. Thank you everyone for coming and for the millions of people around the world who are supporting Julian and protesting. (INTERRUPTED BY SHOUTING OFF CAMERA) We hope that the the courts do the right thing today and find in Julian’s favour. But if they don’t, we will take an emergency injunction, we will seek an emergency injunction from the European Court of Human Rights. Thank you.”

Assange's legal team say he could be on a plane across the Atlantic within 24 hours of the decision, but that he could also be released from jail, or find himself yet again bogged down in months of legal battles.

Protesters gathered outside the court early on Monday, tying yellow ribbons to the iron railings, holding placards and chanting "Free, free Julian Assange". In a plea to U.S. President Joe Biden, flags read "#Let him go Joe".

WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military documents on Washington's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - the largest security breaches of their kind in U.S. military history - along with swathes of diplomatic cables.