British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed an extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday in response to a formal request by the United States.
The whistleblower faces charges in the United States under the Espionage Act for releasing secret war crime documents against civilians.
After seven years of isolation and asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Assange was arrested on April 11, 2019. He is currently in London's Belmarsh prison serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in 2012.
The whistleblower is in the prison hospital wherein his health has been deteriorating according to artist Ai Weiwei, a Chinese dissident artist who visited Assange two days ago.
The Australian national fighting a legal battle has received overwhelming support from across the world, who are fighting for his release on the grounds of 'Press Freedom' lauding the whistleblower for divulging the war-crimes of United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He had told the British High Court, "I do not wish to surrender for extradition. I’m a journalist winning many, many awards and protecting many people."
United States alleges that 47-year-old Assange conspired with Chelsea Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst to access classified documents on the Department of Defence computers.
An anti-secrecy organisation, Wikileaks was founded in 2006 as a platform for whistleblowers to release classified information anonymously. By 2015, Wikileaks published over 10 million documents, including top secret documents
Ever since its launch in 2006, Wikileaks has published thousands of classified documents, disclosing the details from national security, war, politics to the film industry.
The documents include intercepter pager messages that were sent during 9/11 terror attack from FBI, NYPD, Pentagon and FEMA, thousands of Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign, Iran war logs, Afghan war details of US military unrecorded activities against civilians as well as confidential cables sent among diplomats and even released documents from movie studio Sony Pictures revealing the pay-gap between male and female stars.
While investigators linked those revelations as an effort by US President Donald Trump's campaign to damage US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign, however, Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigating Russian collusion in the campaign did not file charges against Assange.