Ruling expected to be appealed in a move that could lead to years of more legal wrangling.
A British judge has ruled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US to face espionage charges.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser delivered the decision on Monday at the Old Bailey.
The ruling is likely to be appealed by US officials attempting to prosecute the whistle-blower.
The case could then go to the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court, further delaying a final outcome.
Assange, 49, is expected to remain in jail in the UK in the meantime. He has been held at Belmarsh prison in London since April 2019.
US authorities accuse Australian-born Assange of 18 counts of conspiring to hack government computers and of breaching a secrecy law by releasing vast troves of confidential military records and diplomatic cables more than a decade ago.
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