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Judge sends Assange extradition order to UK government

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges. The case will now go to the UK Home Secretary for decision, and the WikiLeaks founder still has legal remedies.

The order comes after the UK Supreme Court last month denied Assange leave to appeal a lower court ruling that he could be extradited.

A Westminster Magistrates’ Court judge made the order in a brief hearing. Home Secretary Priti Patel will decide whether to grant the extradition.

The move does not exhaust legal options for Assange, who has for years sought to avoid a trial in the United States on charges related to WikiLeaks’ release of a huge trove of classified documents more than a decade ago.

His lawyers have four weeks to make submissions to Patel and can also appeal to the High Court.

The Associated Press