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UK government approves extradition of Assange to US

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The British government has approved the extradition of the Australian WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, to the United States to face spying charges.

The government said on Friday that Home Secretary Priti Patel had signed the extradition order. It follows a British court ruling that he could be sent to the US.

The decision is a big moment in Assange's years-long battle to avoid being sent to the US — though not necessarily the end of the tale.

Assange has 14 days to appeal.

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