OREANDA-NEWS.The United States has officially sent an extradition request to the UK authorities for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to US media. In the States, Assange is charged with 18 counts; he faces up to 175 years in prison. The extradition proceedings will be held on June 14th. However, earlier London had promised the authorities of Ecuador, in whose embassy the hacker was hiding, not to extradite him to the Americans.

The US Justice Department has sent an official request to the UK authorities to extradite the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. About this newspaper The Washington Post, citing its own sources. "Washington sent a request almost a week ago, on June 6th. The extradition should be requested within 60 days after the arrest", said the source.

Assange was detained on April 11, that is, the request of the United States was to be sent before June 10 inclusive. At the same time, only those crimes that are stipulated in the US-British extradition agreement should be indicated in the document. In the States, Assange is charged with 17 counts - he faces up to 175 years in prison. On May 23, the US Department of Justice filed 17 new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for "crimes related to the largest case of secret information disclosure in US history". In particular, Assange is accused of espionage, collusion and disclosure of the names of secret sources.

"The actions of Assange could cause serious damage to the national security of the United States for the benefit of their opponents", the Justice Ministry said. On June 7, a video with Assange from the British prison Belmarsh appeared on the Web, reports the media. On the two-minute recording, you can see Assange talking to another prisoner. In the frames you can see the camera and the prison itself. Judging by the frames, the founder of WikiLeaks has changed outwardly since his detention: he cut his hair and got rid of a long beard.