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FAQ: The story behind Julian Assange's extradition case and legal saga

FAQ: The story behind Julian Assange's extradition case and legal saga
Julian Assange, an activist and whistleblower, has pitted himself against the U.S. government for more than a decade.

The Swedish charges were dropped in 2017, but after the embassy evicted Assange last year he was arrested by the British police on behalf of the United States.Assange's fate is the subject of political importance in the United States, where WikiLeaks, which published hacked Democratic National Committee data, has been accused of playing a significant role in the 2016 election.Free expression advocates have argued that an Assange trial in the United States would be a setback for press freedom.Assange initially cooperated with police in Britain, where he was living, but denied the allegations and argued they were a pretext for him to be extradited from Sweden to the United States.

Analysts say the terms of the agreement favored the United States, which must mainly prove there is reasonable suspicion that the crimes of which he is accused were committed.ANALYSISFAQ: The story behind Julian Assange's extradition case and legal saga Julian Assange on May 19, 2017, in London.

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