Biden said he was considering Australia's request to drop Assange's criminal prosecution

"It is encouraging that President Biden has confirmed that the United States is considering dropping the lawsuit against Julian Assange," said Barry Pollack, Assange's attorney.

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From the protest in support of Assange in Vienna, Photo: Reuters
From the protest in support of Assange in Vienna, Photo: Reuters
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The President of the United States of America (USA), Joseph Biden, said he is considering Australia's request to drop the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has published reams of classified US documents and is fighting extradition to the United States, Reuters reports.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who has long voiced opposition to the detention of the WikiLeaks founder, in February backed a parliamentary motion calling for the return of Assange, an Australian citizen, to Australia.

"We're looking into it," Biden told a reporter, who asked if he had a response to Australia's request to end Assange's prosecution.

Barry Pollack, Assange's lawyer, called Biden's comments encouraging. Three weeks earlier, Polak said Assange's legal team had seen no indication of resolving the US charges against him.

"It is encouraging that President Biden has confirmed that the United States is considering dropping the lawsuit against Julian Assange," Polak said in an email.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Biden's statements, according to Reuters.

Assange's extradition was put on hold in March after the High Court in London said the United States must provide guarantees he will not face the death penalty.

Assange, 52, is fighting extradition from Britain to the US, where he is wanted on criminal charges related to the release of classified US military records and diplomatic cables in 2010. Washington says the release of the documents put lives at risk.

Assange's supporters say he is an anti-establishment hero who has become a victim for exposing US crimes, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If extradited, Assange faces up to 175 years in maximum security prison. Several human rights groups, leading media organizations and leaders of countries such as Mexico and Brazil have also called for the charges against Assange to be dropped.

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