US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight

Julian Assange will remain in a British prison for now after the US government won permission to appeal against a January court ruling that freed him from extradition to America.

News of the appeal came as the US Department of Justice offered Assange a deal that would keep him out of the notoriously cruel US supermax prisons, according to The Times.

The High Court this morning granted the US permission to appeal against a ruling by Westminster Magistrates’ Court that Assange couldn’t be extradited because he would commit suicide if handed over to the Americans. The WikiLeaker-in-chief’s legal team lost on every other legal ground against extradition.

US authorities gained that permission on three grounds, including a deal that would rule out his being sent to a federal supermax in Colorado or being automatically subject to extra-harsh punishments within prison.

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