Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, appeals the decree which authorizes his extradition to the United States

The 50-year-old Australian faces 175 years in prison in the United States for leaking confidential data. If he is allowed to appeal by the justice of the United Kingdom where he is detained, the hearing may not take place before 2023.

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New stage of a legal tussle of more than ten years. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has appealed the decision taken by the British government authorizing his extradition to the United States, the High Court in London said on Friday July 1.

The 50-year-old Australian is being prosecuted in the United States for a massive leak of confidential documents in 2010, and faces 175 years in prison. After a legal battle and many twists and turns, British Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an order to authorize the extradition of the cyberactivist held for three years in the high security prison of Belmarsh, near London, on 17 June.

If the justice authorizes him to appeal, the hearing could not take place before the beginning of 2023 according to Kate Goold, partner of the law firm Bindmans and specialized in extradition cases, interviewed by the British press agency PA mid-June. According to her, Julian Assange could also seize the European Court of Human Rights, a process likely to take several years.

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