BREAKING: UK Signs Request for Assange's Extradition to the United States
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed he had signed the papers on Wednesday
An extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been officially signed by the United Kingdom, according to reports.
Assange faces s charges in the US under the Espionage Act.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed he had signed the papers on Wednesday, just a day after a formal request was made by the US Justice Department to extradite the Wikileaks founder.
"First of all I am very pleased the police were able to apprehend him, and now he is rightly behind bars because he broke UK law," Javid told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday.
"There is an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow, but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it, and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow," he added.
All the charges against Assange will be revealed on Friday when it seeks his s extradition in a London court.
Last month, 17 new counts were added to Assange charges, which was initially a single count of computer intrusion.
The charges include:
Controversial charges under the Espionage Act for encouraging, receiving and publishing national defense information in concert with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
But such a charge under the Espionage Act has never been successfully prosecuted.
The UK Home Office said in a statement:
"Mr. Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America. He is accused of offenses including computer misuse and the unauthorized disclosure of national defence information."
"We have received the full extradition request, which has been certified by the Home Secretary.
"This case is now before the courts, and it would be inappropriate to comment further."
Last month, Actress Pamela Anderson claimed that Assange would not survive extradition to the United States.
The actress became one of the first people to visit the whistleblower in the British prison.
Anderson has been visiting the Wikileaks founder in Ecuadorian Embassy in London for many years and is "deeply concerned" about him and his well-being.