In a few weeks a decision will be made that will say a lot about the state of democracies in the USA and Great Britain. The British High Court, England’s highest court, has scheduled a final hearing in Julian Assange ‘s case for February 20th and 21st. Negotiations are underway as to whether the WikiLeaks founder can be extradited to the United States. Assange has appealed a previous decision. If the judges reject his appeal, Assange may be loaded onto a plane to America from the maximum security prison in Belmarsh near London. There he is charged under the Espionage Act, a law that has been forgotten for decades and was once enacted against traitors and spies during the First World War and has now been brought out again. It would be the sad culmination of more than a decade of persecution that is unprecedented in the modern history of Western democracies.