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The UN Special rapporteur Nils Melzer issued a message of caution on Monday in response to joyful reactions after a British judge blocked an attempt to extradite publisher and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on Monday based on a medical condition.
In his message, Melzer warned that the ruling means that other publisher persecuted under the same charges may see themselves extradited to the US unless they have important medical conditions in a move he labelled as ‘intimidating’ to publishers around the world.
"He should not have been brought to a point where he is suicidal. He has been persecuted to a point where he has been broken. And now, the system is spitting him out and you know, obviously, that is a legal obligation but in a sense, the system has succeeded in intimidating the world and passing the message that this is what is going to happen to you if ever you have the idea of publishing our dirty secrets and making that known to the world," said Melzer.
The legal team representing US authorities have confirmed that they are appealing against the ruling.
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