UK court ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange shouldn’t be extradited in the United States to be tried. Judge Vanessa Baraitser said that if Assange had moved beyond the role of journalist, the risk to his mental and physical well-being was too great. The United States has already pledged to appeal the ruling, and the case is likely to end up in the British Supreme Court, a process likely to take several years.
Wikileaks was founded in 2006, but gained worldwide attention in 2010 after it released a series of documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The site would continue to post documents leaked by the State Department, Guantanamo Bay and the Democratic National Committee. Critics of Assange in the United States believe he received material from hostile nation-state actors, including Russia.