Julian Assange will continue his legal battle against extradition to the United States.

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He will continue the legal battle to prevent Julian Assange from being extradited to the United States, despite the Home Secretary signing an extradition order for the WikiLeaks founder.

His wife Stella vowed to fight the verdict with “every available means”, vowing: “I will use every waking hour to fight for Julian until he is free.”

She said her husband had told her “recently” that she planned to kill herself if she was extradited.

After being expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy, ​​the Australian has spent more than three years in London’s Belmarsh prison, where he has been held since 2012.

This is a dark day for freedom of the press and for British democracy.

Home Secretary Preeti Patel announced her decision on Friday, which WikiLeaks said was the “last day” that could be announced.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Under the Extradition Act 2003, the Secretary of State has to sign an extradition order if there is no reason to stop the order. Extradition requests are only sent to the Home Secretary when the judge Decides that it can proceed after considering various aspects of the case.

“On June 17, after consideration by both the Magistrates’ Court and the High Court, Mr. Julian Assange was ordered to be extradited to the United States. Mr. Assange has a 14-day general right of appeal.

Preeti Patel (Danny Lawson / PA) / PA Wire

“In this case, the UK courts have not ruled that extradition of Mr Assange would be coercive, unfair or abusive. Nor have they found that extradition is inconsistent with his human rights, including The right to a fair trial and the freedom of expression, and to be treated fairly in the United States, including in respect of his health. “

Julian Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, told a news conference in London that she would appeal the decision.

He said: “We have 14 days and we will appeal this in every possible way – in the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.”

A WikiLeaks spokesman said: “This is a dark day for freedom of the press and for British democracy. Anyone who cares about freedom of expression in this country should be ashamed of the fact that Home Secretary The country that planned to assassinate him has been handed over.

“Julian has done nothing wrong. He has not committed any crime and he is not guilty. He is a journalist and publisher, and he is being punished for his work.

It was up to Priti Patel to do the right thing. Instead, she will always be remembered as America’s ally in the agenda of turning investigative journalism into a criminal institution.

The Home Secretary is forgiving not only the crimes committed by the US government against Julian but also the crimes committed by the US government through WikiLeaks.

“Foreign laws now define freedom of the press in this country, and journalism that has won the most prestigious awards in the industry is considered a felony and punishable by life imprisonment.

“Julian’s path to freedom is long and difficult. The fight is not over today. It is just the beginning of a new legal battle. We will appeal through the legal system. The next appeal will be to the High Court. We will fight hard on the streets.” And we will shout, we will organize and let everyone know Julian’s story.

“Make no mistake, this has always been a political issue. Julian published evidence that the country trying to extradite him committed war crimes and covered them up. Tortured and presented; foreigners. Authorities have squandered judicial inquiries into bribery and American misconduct, in exchange for trying to make it disappear in the darkest rounds of a lifetime prison system to prevent others from holding governments accountable.

“We will not allow that to happen. Julian’s freedom comes from all our freedoms. We will fight to get Julian back to his family and regain freedom of expression for all of us.”

Stella Assange told the PA News Agency: “The Home Secretary has approved the extradition of Julian to the country which planned to assassinate him. Julian has exposed the crimes of the US government.

The Secretary of the Interior is forgiving not only the crimes committed by the US government against Julian but also the crimes committed by the US government which were exposed by WikiLeaks.

“Julian is a political prisoner. We will use every means at our disposal to appeal this decision. I will dedicate every waking time to fight for justice until he is released.”

She said the appeal would include evidence that the CIA had previously tried to assassinate her husband, adding: “I spoke to him last night and He was very upset. He could not sleep. But Julian is a fighter.

Asked if she thought her two young children would be reunited with their father as a free man, Ms Assange said: “We have that image and that hope. That is what drives us.

“But we are confident that this mistake will be corrected and that the courts will – ultimately – do the right thing.”

Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Assange faces a high risk of long-term solitary confinement, which would violate the ban on violence or other ill-treatment.

Ms Assange told a news conference there was a real possibility of suicide if she was extradited to the United States.

He said: “Julian wants to live but he wants to live with the possibility of freedom and the possibility of living with his children and me. While he is here, he has reasons to fight.

If he is extradited to the United States, the conditions under which he lives will be oppressive. It will force him to take his own life.

“It’s not just about mental health.

“We are talking about a man driving for his life.”

Agnes Kalmard, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said: “Allowing Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States would endanger him and send a calm message to journalists around the world.

“If the extradition process continues, Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Assange faces a high risk of long-term solitary confinement, which would violate the ban on violence or other ill-treatment.”