The Supreme Court has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. to face charges of espionage related to his alleged possession of classified information.
Assange — who left Ecuador’s London embassy in 2016 — will be surrendered immediately to U.S. authorities.
“The European Arrest Warrant is valid and if it is not complied with, the authorized extradition must proceed. The extradition process will resume at that stage,” a court clerk told the Associated Press.
Assange, 44, who has been living in the hotel for the past four years, will be extradited to U.S. federal authorities in the Eastern District of Virginia where he is expected to face a number of charges, including the theft of U.S. government documents relating to the Iraq war.
He’s said he fears facing further arrest once in the U.S. after being handed over to face the charges, and potentially spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
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The UK is obligated to comply with U.S. extradition requests, but can give British authorities extra time if it feels that it will place Assange at risk of being tortured, or the charges are so serious they are likely to result in a life sentence or death.
A trial date has not yet been set.
FOX News’ Jill Disis contributed to this report.