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Labour Party says UK should oppose Assange extradition to US

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Key figures in Britain's opposition said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of to the

Party said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed "evidence of atrocities in and "

Diane Abbott, Labour's spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest.

Abbott said the US case against Assange is about the "embarrassment of the things he's revealed about the and "

Police arrested the founder Thursday at the after withdrew his asylum.

He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the

officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the

The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him.

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years.

Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to because of his protected status inside the embassy.

Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions.

"Mr Assange's behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests," Snow said. Assange's next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 17:30 IST