Julian Assange can return to Australia as soon as legal issues against him are resolved, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday after a UK court denied a motion to extradite the Wikileaks founder to the United States

A British judge on Monday blocked the United States’ extradition request seeking prosecution for Assange, including violating an espionage law His mental health problems meant he was at risk of suicide

The US. The Justice Department said it would continue to seek extradition of Assange with prosecutors to appeal the judgment to the London High Court

“Well the judicial system is making its way and we are not a party to it and like any Australian they are being offered consular assistance and should the appeal fail they could obviously return to Australia like any other Australian,” Morrison told the local Radio station 2 GB

“Yes, it’s just a straightforward process for the UK legal system to work its way through”

Assange, 49, is charged by the United States with 18 criminal offenses during former President Barack Obama’s tenure related to WikiLeaks’ release of confidential U Military records and diplomatic cables that they say are life-threatening

Assange’s supporters, however, see him as an anti-establishment hero who fell victim for exposing US Wrongdoing in Afghanistan and Iraq and saying his persecution is a politically motivated attack on journalism and free speech

WikiLeaks became known when it published an U Military video in 2010 of an Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news workers, which subsequently released thousands of classified information and diplomatic cables

Mexico offered Assange political asylum on Monday, a move that could anger the United States

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World News – CA – Australia Says WikiLeaks Julian Assange can return home after extradition proceedings are completed

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