A British judge has formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where the WikiLeaks founder would face 17 charges of espionage. British Home Secretary Priti Patel will now decide whether to grant the extradition, and Assange would have 14 days to appeal. Authorities in the U.S. hope to try Assange in connection with the publication of 500,000 secret military files related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He could face up to 175 years in prison. The U.S. argues that the files Assange published endangered lives. His legal team says his actions were justified because the files exposed U.S. wrongdoing. For more than a decade, socionomists have monitored the link between social mood and Assange’s changing fortunes. One example is a 2011 article written by the Institute’s Alan Hall. To learn more read, “WikiLeaks Is on Trial.”
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