The founder of Wikileaks appeared before the Court in order to fight the case of extradition to the United States from the United Kingdom. The founder, namely, Julian Assange, aged forty -eight have been accused on the charges of espionage. It is important to note that the charges against him were issued after Wikileaks had published leaked video of the Collateral Murder Video or the Afghanistan and Iran War logs and the Cable Gate in 2010 scheming with then former Army Intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, subsequent to which the government of the United States had initiated a criminal investigation against Wikileaks. The accused contended that since he is a journalist, therefore he is to be protected by the First Amendment. While the counsel representing him, Mark Summers pleaded the court to provide with more time of about a three months to prepare the mammoth case and assemble all the pieces of evidence, the District Judge, Vanessa Baraitser was not satisfied with the pleading.
The counsel has also accused the United States of unlawfully spying on the accused during his stay inside the Ecuadorian Embassy as a refugee and for taking other actions which should not have been taken against the accused. Thus, he refused to provide his counsel with more time. In fact, the Australian accused Wikileaks founder reportedly said that he was unable to understand the proceedings that were going on. He added that it was not equitable, citing the reason that the government of the United States has unlimited resources, whereas, on the other hand, it is not possible for him to have any direct and an easy communication with his lawyers as he has to stay in the Belmarsh Jail, which is located on the outskirts of the city. It is also interesting to note the case came into light during the presidency of Barack Obama but was not acted until the office of the president by taken up by the U.S. President Donald Trump.