US submits extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Assange

The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a US official.

Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a Defense Department computer password.

The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up since 2012 after Ecuador granted him political asylum.

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