The U.S. indictment filed in March 2018 said Assange, in March 2010, engaged in a conspiracy to help Manning crack a password stored on Defense Department computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications.
The legacy of Julian Assange's work as a whistleblower could be undermined by his own "selfish attitude", according to a former diplomat.
James also pointed out that Assange had skipped bail before being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, acknowledging that the situation was complicated.
Assange has always denied the allegations, and sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy to prevent facing the charges in Sweden, which he feared would lead to eventual extradition to the United States.
Assange's mother, Christine Assange, also took to Twitter to defend her son, who she said was "sick and in pain from prolonged detention and torture".
In a "plea to police, prison officers, and court staff" she said: "Please be patient, gentle & kind to him".
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Diane Abbott, Labour's spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC on Friday that the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years.
The Wikileaks founder finally appeared in court yesterday (sketch, inset right) after he was sensationally expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London (left), where he has been claiming political refuge for the past seven years (his cramped dwelling, right).
Those charges were dropped in May 2017, but Swedish prosecutors say they are now re-examining the case after a request by one of the alleged victim's lawyers. Assange was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
"Julian Assange is not being pursued to protect U.S. national security".
It added: "Influential people representing the governments of the UK, the United States, and Ecuador have all signed off on this unprecedented attack on journalism".
Britain is bound by law not to extradite a suspect to a country where he or she could face execution for the crime, but this is not an issue at the moment because the crime Assange faces does not put him at risk of capital punishment, he said.