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UK orders extradition of Julian Assange to US

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FILE – This Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 file photo shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaving Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London. A long-awaited memoir by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finally being published _ without his approval. British publisher Canongate said Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011 that the book, billed as an “unauthorized autobiography,” will be for sale in stores and online Thursday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

The UK’s Home Secretary has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States to face espionage charges.

Assange is accused of publishing classified information leaked to him by former U.S. Army soldier and transwoman Chelsea Manning more than a decade ago.

Whistleblower  Manning was born Bradley Edward Manning and was convicted by court-martial in July 2013 for violating the Espionage Act.

Manning was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge that could have resulted in a death sentence.

Instead, Manning was imprisoned from 2010 until 2017 when her sentence was commuted by Obama.

Her leaks revealed shocking truths about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan including videos of U.S. airstrikes that killed civilians.