US-Geheimdienste spähten Assange aus

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03-07-20 07:15:00,

Rafael Lutz / 03. Jul 2020 –

Gerichtsakten bestätigen: Hinter der Überwachung Julian Assanges stand das Sicherheitsteam des US-Milliardärs Sheldon Adelson.

Seit Jahren läuft eine Kampagne gegen den WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange, der mit seiner Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks etliche Verbrechen der USA und weiterer Staaten aufgedeckt hat. So zum Beispiel das «Collateral Murder»-Video, das 2010 enthüllte, wie US-Streitkräfte während des Irakkriegs Journalisten gezielt ermordeten und weltweit für grosses Aufsehen sorgte. Dem WikiLeaks-Gründer, der gegenwärtig im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmarsh in London sitzt, drohen in den USA 175 Jahre Gefängnis.

EXKLUSIV: So brachte die CIA in London Assange unter Kontrolle (1. Teil)

Red. Julian Assange hat in Madrid gegen die spanische Sicherheitsfirma UC Global Strafanzeige erstattet. UC Global habe Räume der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London verwanzt und der CIA Zugang verschafft. Unterdessen führt die spanische Justiz ein Untersuchungsverfahren. In einer dreiteiligen Folge informiert Infosperber aus dem Inhalt der Strafanzeige sowie über notariell beglaubigte Aussagen von geschützten Zeugen. Über die Stellungnahme von UC GLobal berichtet Infosperber, sobald diese zugänglich wird. Ein Anwalt von UC Global bestritt gegenüber NDR, dass UC Global innerhalb der Botschaft Audioaufnahmen machte und mit der CIA zusammenarbeitete. Für natürliche und juristische Personen gilt bis zu einem rechtskräftigen Urteil die Unschuldsvermutung.

Die dreisten Methoden, mit denen mehrere US-Regierungen seit bald einem Jahrzehnt gegen Assange vorgehen, steigen allmählich an die Oberfläche. Letzten Sommer berichtete die spanische Zeitung «El País» ausführlich über die spanische Sicherheitsfirma Undercover (UC) Global, die Assange in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London minutiös ausgespäht hatte. Dorthin war der WikiLeaks-Gründer 2012 geflüchtet, um so einer Auslieferung an die USA zu entgehen. Anstatt Assange zu schützen, gab UC Global sensible Informationen über Assange und sein Team an die US-Geheimdienste weiter. Schon seit 2010 führten die USA Assange auf der Abschussliste. Im April 2017 kam der Präsidentenwechsel in Ecuador von Rafael Correa zu Lenín Moreno den USA entgegen. Zum ersten Mal seit 1917 klagten sie einen Publizisten und Verleger wegen der Verletzung des Spionagegesetzes an.

Assanges Anwälte reichten letzten Sommer eine Strafanzeige gegen David Morales ein, den Gründer und CEO von UC Global. Er habe die Privatsphäre des australischen Staatsbürgers verletzt und die Anwalts- und Kundenprivilegien des Publizisten missbraucht.

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Julian Assange – An seinem Geburtstag weiterhin im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis und im September im Old Bailey

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01-07-20 12:41:00,

Am kommenden Freitag, dem 3. Juli, wird Julian Assange zum 10. Mal seinen Geburtstag nicht in Freiheit begehen, auch nicht mit Familie, Freunden und Kollegen, und das alles, weil er Kriegsverbrechen der USA enthüllt hat. Am Montag gab es eine weitere technische Anhörung am Westminster Magistrates Court im Auslieferungsprozess gegen Assange. In diesem Verfahren versucht die US-Regierung mit Hilfe der britischen Justiz, die Enthüllungen von Assange und Wikileaks zu Spionage und Computerhacking umzudeuten. Ein Ergebnis der kurzen Verhandlung war, dass der Schauprozess im September wahrscheinlich am Londoner Old-Bailey-Gericht stattfinden wird. Eine Zusammenfassung von Moritz Müller.

Bei dem kurzen Haftprüfungstermin am Montag war Julian Assange einmal mehr nicht anwesend, auch nicht per Videolink, da ihm seine Ärzte davon abgeraten hatten, den Videokonferenzraum im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis aufzusuchen, da sie eine Ansteckung des gesundheitlich angeschlagenen Assange mit Covid-19 befürchten. Ende März hatten seine Verteidiger wegen der von Covid-19 ausgehenden Gefahr auch seine Freilassung auf Kaution gefordert, was von der Richterin Vanessa Baraitser aber mit der Begründung abgelehnt worden war, er sei nicht der einzige durch Corona gefährdete Häftling. Richterin Baraitser merkte an, dass Assange nur abwesend sein könne, wenn ihm tatsächlich „unwohl“ sei, aber nicht, wenn er nur befürchte, sich anzustecken. Falls er beim nächsten Termin am 27. Juli wieder nicht erscheine, müsse er ein ärztliches Attest vorweisen, was Verteidiger Mark Summers als machbar bezeichnete.

Am Montag kam auch heraus, dass die US-Justiz, die ihre Anklage am 26. Juni ausgeweitet hatte bzw. dies in den Medien verlauten ließ, weder der Verteidigung noch dem Gericht einen neuen Anklagetext vorgelegt hatte. Assanges Verteidiger Mark Summers zeigte sich erstaunt über den Zeitpunkt der erneuten Anklage, und darüber in der Presse erfahren zu haben. Die Richterin sagte, ihr läge eine E-Mail der Ankläger über eine erweiterte Anklage vor, aber nicht deren Inhalt.

Auch der Wikileaks-Vorsitzende Kristinn Hrafnsson betonte in einer Stellungnahme, dass die neue Anklage die vorhergehende eigentlich ersetzen müsste, aber die neue Anklage gar keine richtig neuen Anklagepunkte enthalte und es sich somit mehr um ein Erheischen von Aufmerksamkeit handele. Der Anklagevertreter Joel Smith sagte, dass auch ihr Psychologe wegen des Corona-Lockdowns im Gefängnis keinen Zugang zu Julian Assange habe, um diesen zu untersuchen.

Das vielleicht wichtigste Ergebnis der Verhandlung ist, dass Richterin Baraitser ankündigte,

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Doctors for Assange Say UK May be Liable for His Torture – Global Research

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29-06-20 03:25:00,

In a new letter to the British medical journal The Lancet, Doctors for Assange say that the British government may be held legally responsible for the torture of the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher.

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Here is the doctors’ statement followed by the letter to The Lancet and the doctors’ letter to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland.

UK officials may be legally culpable in the torture of Julian Assange

Doctors have warned that UK officials could be held accountable for the torture of Julian Assange in an open letter published in The Lancet on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The 216 undersigned physicians and psychologists from 33 countries have accused UK and U.S. government officials of intensifying Julian Assange’s psychological torture in spite of the world’s leading authorities on human rights and international law calling for his immediate release from prison.

Clinical Psychologist and Australian co-author of the publication, ‘The ongoing torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange’, Dr Lissa Johnson said the failure to properly treat Mr Assange may amount to an act of torture in which state officials, from parliament to court to prison, risk being judged complicit.

“Our letter is published just two days after the US Department of Justice announced a new superseding indictment against Assange representing yet another escalation in psychological torture tactics,” said Dr Johnson.

“Introducing extra charges at this late stage, right before the defence evidence deadline and over a year after the indictment deadline, when documents given to the prison generally take two weeks to be passed on, when he has not been supplied with a computer and when he is unable to meet with lawyers under Coronavirus lockdown, serves to ramp up his helplessness in the face of threat and is a key psychological torture tactic,” she said.

The doctors note that torture is prohibited under UK law, warning that UK officials could be judged “complicit”, including for their “silent acquiescence and consent”. They write that Assange at medical risk due to escalating abuses of his “fundamental human and legal rights at the hands of judicial,

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New US indictment of Assange accuses WikiLeaks founder of ‘conspiring with Anonymous’ hackers… in FBI sting op?

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25-06-20 07:03:00,

A superseding US indictment of Julian Assange broadens the charges against the WikiLeaks founder by accusing him of conspiring with a hacker affiliated with the groups Anonymous and LulzSec – who turned out to be an FBI informant.

The US Department of Justice revealed the new indictment on Wednesday, intended to “broaden the scope of the conspiracy” Assange was accused of in May 2019, shortly after he was hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and imprisoned by UK authorities.

The Trump DOJ’s attempt to imprison Julian Assange for working with his source to publish classified documents that exposed US war crimes is the most severe US threat to press freedom since 2016. It’s sickening to watch so many journalists ignore it, & so many liberals cheer it: https://t.co/bF9QaK4Y7l

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 24, 2020

Assange was originally charged for conspiring with US Army analyst Chelsea Manning to hack a US Department of Defense computer to obtain classified information in 2010.

On Wednesday, the indictment was expanded to accuse him of conspiring with a hacking collective known as LulzSec in 2012, which was “cooperating with the FBI” at the time, directing them to hack specific targets.

DOJ cites alleged communications between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and LulzSec hacker Sabu that took place while the latter was an informant for the FBI pic.twitter.com/oJRCCLSqlM

— Andrew Blake (@apblake) June 24, 2020

WikiLeaks “obtained and published emails from a data breach committed against an American intelligence consulting company by an ‘Anonymous’ and LulzSec-affiliated hacker,” the DOJ said in a statement.

While WikiLeaks and Assange himself have been demonized by the US establishment since the 2016 presidential campaign – when they published internal documents of the Democratic National Committee, as well as private emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta – the charges are entirely unrelated to that episode, at least for now. 

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UN rapporteur on torture ‘scared to find out more about our democracies’ after delving into Assange case

Washington has been after Assange for almost a decade,

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Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

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24-06-20 09:42:00,

By
Oscar Grenfell

22 June 2020

Stella Morris, the fiancé of Julian Assange and mother of his two young children, issued a powerful call last night for the Australian government to secure the WikiLeaks founder’s freedom and prevent his extradition to the US, where he faces life imprisonment for exposing American war crimes.

Morris was featured on Channel Nine’s “60 Minutes” program. The 24-minute segment provided an objective account of Assange’s decade-long arbitrary detention, first in Ecuador’s London embassy where he was a political refugee, and since April 2019 in the maximum-security Belmarsh Prison.

The program, presented by Tara Brown, was the first substantive examination of Assange’s plight by the Australian media since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Despite the fact that he is an Australian journalist being persecuted by the most powerful governments in the world for his publishing activities, corporate media outlets have maintained an effective D-notice on Assange for more than three months. This has dovetailed with the refusal of the Australian government, the Labor opposition and all of the official parties to defend the WikiLeaks founder.

Stella Morris on “60 Minutes” (Screenshot, Nine Media)

Morris warned that Assange’s incarceration in Belmarsh, which she noted has been dubbed the “UK’s Guantanamo Bay,” is exacerbating physical and psychological health issues stemming from his protracted persecution.

“He’s very unwell and I’m very concerned for his ability to survive this,” she said. “Now he’s in the UK’s worst prison. It’s a high-security prison. One in five prisoners are murderers. He shouldn’t be there. He’s not a criminal, he’s not a dangerous person, he’s a gentle intellectual thinker and a journalist. Those people are not the people who belong in prison.”

Morris stated that she was “very worried” about Assange’s circumstances. She has been unable to visit him since February, as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures. Despite widespread infections throughout the British penitentiary system, including in Belmarsh, and Assange’s vulnerability to the virus as a result of a chronic lung condition, he has been refused bail.

“If you’re separated from your family and you’re alone in a tiny, dark room for 23-hours a day, with no control over your surroundings, I think people can imagine what that is like,” Morris said.

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ASSANGE EXTRADITION: ’60 Minutes’ Gives Assange Fair Shake

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22-06-20 08:36:00,


The Australian version of the CBS News program ’60 Minutes’ presented a segment on Julian Assange Sunday night that was missing the usual mainstream media smears and distortions about his case.

Australia’s 60 Minutes newsmagazine Sunday night aired an extensive interview with Stella Morris, Julian Assange’s partner, and featured the two boys the couple have had together.  While the promos for the segment during the week indicated it would focus on salacious questions such as, “How does one get pregnant in an embassy?” and “Did Pamela Anderson give your relationship cover?,” the 24-minute spot ditched the usual smears against the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher and instead humanized him to a large national audience. 

The segment made clear Assange was never charged with rape in Sweden, was only wanted for questioning, and that that inquiry has been closed. It reports that the CIA surveilled Assange 24/7 in the embassy, including on privileged conversations with his lawyers; that the CIA plotted to kidnap Assange, poison him and steal one of his boy’s diapers for DNA to prove it was his child. The interview with Australian MP Andrew Wilkie makes clear why the U.S. espionage charges against Assange are really an assault on journalism.

The program ends with an appeal from Morris to Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to apply pressure on the British government to release Assange from high-security Belmarsh prison where he is isolated 23-hours a day on remand waiting a decision on a U.S. extradition request.

An article Monday in Australia’s Murdoch papers about the 60 Minutes’ report was largely factual, except that it repeated the canard that Assange faced rape “charges” in Sweden. 

WikiLeaks, Christine Assange, Julian’s mother, and Assange supporters have tweeted recognition that this was a mainstream treatment of the Assange case like few others. 

Full @60Mins Mini-Doc 'Top Secrets': Julian Assange's hidden family revealed #FreeAssange #FreePress #DontExtraditeAssange https://t.co/13QyJgiQgJ

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 21, 2020

Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie is a former military intelligence officer turned Iraqi war whistleblower.

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Neues im Fall Assange – Nicht in westlichen Medien, sondern vom russischen Außenministerium | Anti-Spiegel

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06-06-20 07:26:00,

Der Fall Julian Assange wird von den britischen Behörden weiter verschleppt. Eine weitere Sitzung des Gerichts brachte erneut keine Bewegung, sondern nur eine weitere Verzögerung in dem Fall.

Julian Assange ist mittlerweile schwer krank. Der Sonderbeauftragte der UNO für Folter hat bereits mehrmals darauf hingewiesen, dass die Haftbedingungen von Assange in London Folter darstellen. Aber das ändert sich nichts und die deutsche Regierung geht unangenehmen Fragen zu dem Thema aus dem Weg, indem sie mitteilt, die Berichte der UNO nicht gelesen zu haben, dafür aber den Briten blind vertraut.

Im Mai gab es eine weitere gerichtliche Anhörung in seinem Fall. Die Jahre der Isolation in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft und die mittlerweile über ein Jahr andauernde Haft in einem Hochsicherheitsgefängnis haben bei Julian Assange unter anderem zu einer Lungenerkrankung geführt. Damit gehört Assange zur Risikogruppen der Corona-Pandemie. Gefängnisse gelten als besondere Brutstellen für die Pandemie und weltweit haben Gefängnisse viele Inhaftierte vorzeitig oder auch vorübergehend freigelassen, um die Ausbreitung der Erkrankung in beengten Gefängnissen zu verhindern.

Eine auch nur vorübergehende Entlassung von Assange aus dem Gefängnis, in dem Corona sich ebenfalls stark ausbreitet, hat das Gericht untersagt. Das britische Gericht soll über seine Auslieferung an die USA entscheiden, aber in der Sache wird auf Zeit gespielt. Das Gericht konnte noch nicht einmal über den Ort für die für September angesetzte Verhandlung entscheiden.

In westlichen Medien habe ich dazu keine Berichte gefunden.

Da eine Auslieferung in die USA nach britischem Recht eigentlich unmöglich ist, da ihm dort die Todesstrafe droht, scheint das britische Gericht auf Zeit zu spielen. Es drängt sich der Eindruck auf, man hoffe, dass Assange in der Haft verstirbt, damit sich das Problem quasi „von selbst erledigt“.

Es ist bemerkenswert, dass es nicht etwa westliche Staaten sind, die die Einhaltung der Menschenrechte im Falle von Assange fordern. Es ist ausgerechnet Russland, dass sich immer wieder offiziell zu dem Fall äußert und auf die Achtung der Menschenrechte von Assange pocht. Am Donnerstag hat die Sprecherin des russischen Außenministeriums, Maria Sacharova, sich erneut zu dem Fall geäußert und den Westen scharf kritisiert. Ich habe die offizielle russische Erklärung übersetzt.

Beginn der Übersetzung:

Es ist alarmierend zu hören, dass die Anwälte des Journalisten keinen Zugang zu ihm haben,

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Julian Assange wegen Krankheit nicht bei gerichtlicher Anhörung

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04-06-20 10:24:00,

Von
Thomas Scripps

3. Juni 2020

Am Montagmorgen versäumte WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange seine dritte Anhörung in Folge. Wegen Krankheit konnte er auch nicht online an der Verhandlung im Amtsgericht Westminster teilnehmen.

Seine Anwälte sagten dem Gericht, Assange, der an Atemwegsproblemen leidet, sei zu krank, um sich per Videolink aus dem Belmarsh-Gefängnis einzuschalten. Seine Partnerin Stella Morris erklärte später, dass Assanges Arzt ihm geraten habe, nicht in den Videokonferenzraum zu gehen, um die Wahrscheinlichkeit einer Coronavirus-Ansteckung gering zu halten.

Assange hat ein chronisches Lungenleiden, und seine Gesundheit ist durch jahrelange psychologische Folter und medizinische Vernachlässigung ruiniert. Er wird nun praktisch in Abwesenheit vor Gericht gestellt, und ihm droht eine potenziell tödliche Covid-19 Ansteckung.

WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange

Die Coronavirus-Pandemie wird dazu benutzt, Assange weiter daran zu hindern, sich gegen die Spionagevorwürfe zu verteidigen, welche die US-Regierung gegen ihn erhoben hat. Sie sind mit einer Gefängnisstrafe von über 170 Jahren verbunden. Seitdem das britische Gesundheitsamt im März die Gefängnisse unter Kontaktsperre stellte, hat Assange seine Anwälte nicht mehr persönlich treffen können. Seine telefonische Kommunikation war minimal und unzuverlässig.

Nichts davon bereitet der Vorsitzenden Bezirksrichterin Vanessa Baraitser auch nur die geringsten Bauchschmerzen. Sie setzt das Verfahren gnadenlos fort. So hat sie die Verteidigung und die Staatsanwaltschaft angewiesen, die psychiatrische Beurteilung von Assange bis zum 31. Juli abzuschließen, obwohl die Ärzte keinen Zugang zu dem Patienten haben und ihn nicht untersuchen können.

Baraitser versäumte es bisher, Zeit und Ort für die nächste Phase von Assanges Auslieferungsanhörung festzulegen, die am 7. September beginnen soll. Dies ist ein weiteres Hindernis auf dem Weg zu einer fairen und genauen Berichterstattung. Seit dem Lockdown hat nur eine kleine Zahl von Journalisten Zugang zum Gerichtssaal erhalten. Die überwiegende Mehrheit musste sich gestern und jedes Mal in eine ständig überlastete Konferenzleitung einwählen.

WikiLeaks-Botschafter Joseph Farrell sagte nach der gestrigen juristischen Farce: „Es ist lächerlich, dass wir immer noch keine Zeit und keinen Ort für den Rest der Anhörung haben. Die Verzögerung ist schon an sich eine Strafe. Ob Julian angemessenen Zugang zu seinem Anwaltsteam erhält, bleibt unwahrscheinlich, da das Belmarsh-Gefängnis nach wie vor vollständig abgeriegelt ist. Und um dem Ganzen noch die Krone aufzusetzen, ist das Gericht nicht in der Lage, Reportern die elementarsten Zugangsmöglichkeiten zu gewähren.“

Am vergangenen Mittwoch wandten sich in Australien mehrere Politiker,

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Free Assange

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18-05-20 07:00:00,

Free Assange,
because the world is growing darker
as the bastards flick the lights off
one by one.

Free Assange,
because the sky is filling with death machines
as mothers weep over small tattered bodies
and the news man talks about rude tweets.

Free Assange,
because they are taking everything from us
and we are becoming voiceless, mindless gear turners
who can only argue about who to bomb next.

Free Assange,
because if perception management gets any worse
they’ll soon be confiscating our ears and eyeballs
in wheelbarrows labeled “NSA”.

Free Assange,
because the missiles are rolling out
and the planet is on fire
and soon there’ll be nothing we can do but cry.

Free Assange,
because if we let them stomp out that bright light
we may as well smooth the pillow on a dying world
and wait for the bastards to choke the life out of us.

Free Assange,
because if we can’t stop them from taking him
we can’t stop them from taking everything else,
and we won’t survive, and we won’t deserve to.

Free Assange,
because we are deciding right now
what our species is made of,
what it will be, if it will be.

Free Assange,
because this is it,
our last chance,
our final window to stop them.

Free Assange,
because we are so much more than they tell us.

Free Assange,
because we have a right to know.

Free Assange,
because it’s now or never.

Free Assange,
because he’d do the same for us.

Free Assange,
because fuck ’em, that’s why.

Free Assange,
because we’re still in this fight.

Free Assange,
because we can win.

Free Assange,
because we can.

Free Assange.

Free Assange.

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Assange Could Die in Prison, There Is No Time to Lose – Global Research

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06-05-20 02:57:00,

We write this open letter, as British medical doctors, to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Mr Julian Assange. Our professional concerns follow the shocking eye witness accounts of Craig Murray and John Pilger at the case management hearing that took place on Monday 21 October 2019 at Westminster Magistrates Court. The hearing related to the upcoming February 2020 hearing of the request by the US government for Mr Assange’s extradition to the US in relation to his work as a publisher of information, including information about alleged crimes of the US government.

Having entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June 2012, he sought and was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government. In April 2019, he was removed from the embassy and arrested by the Metropolitan Police. He was subsequently detained in Belmarsh prison, where he is being kept in solitary confinement.

During the seven years spent in the embassy, Mr Assange was visited and examined by numerous experts, each of whom expressed alarm at the state of, and the effects of his confined living conditions on, his health, and requested that he be allowed access to a hospital. No such access was permitted, and Mr Assange was unable to exercise his right to free and necessary expert medical assessment and treatment throughout the seven-year period.

  • In late 2015, Mr Assange’s doctor reported concerns about his physical condition and requested that he be allowed to receive hospital treatment.
  • An Opinion of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was formally adopted on 4 December 2015, and concluded that Mr Assange was being arbitrarily detained by the Governments of the UK and Sweden. Crucially, it was made clear at the time by the Working Party that any continued arbitrary detention of Mr Assange would constitute torture.
  • Three clinicians – Sondra S Crosby, Brock Chisholm and Sean Love – visited Mr Assange from January 2018 onwards. The group examined him for 20 hours over three days in October 2018 and concluded that he was in desperate need of medical care.
  • At the beginning of May 2019, Mr Assange was described as suffering from “moderate to severe depression”, and, later that month,

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Why Julian Assange Must Urgently be Freed: Stella Morris – Global Research

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04-05-20 07:27:00,

The life of my partner, Julian Assange, is at severe risk. He is on remand at HMP Belmarsh, and Covid-19 is spreading within its walls.

Julian and I have two little boys. Since becoming a mother, I have been reflecting on my own childhood.

My parents are European, but when I was little we lived in Botswana, five miles from the border with Apartheid South Africa. Many of my parents’ friends came from across the border: writers, painters, conscientious objectors. It was an unlikely centre for artistic creativity and intellectual exchange.

The history books describe Apartheid as institutional segregation, but it was much more than that. Segregation occurred in broad daylight. The abductions, torture and killings occurred at night.

The foundations of the Apartheid system were precarious, so the regime met ideas of political reform with live ammunition. In June 1985, South African assassination squads crossed the border armed with machine guns, mortars and grenades. As soon as gunfire burst into the night, my parents wrapped me in a blanket. I slept as my parents raced the car to safety. The sound of explosions carried through the capital for the hour and a half that it took to kill twelve people.

The first person to be killed was a very close family friend, an exceptional painter. South Africa claimed the raid had targeted the armed wing of the ANC, but in reality most of the victims were innocent civilians and children killed as they lay sleeping in bed. We left Botswana within days.

I have absorbed my parents’ vivid memories of the raid. If that terrible night shaped my perspective of the world, the incarceration of the father of my children will surely mark theirs.

Forming a family with Julian under the circumstances was always going to be difficult, but our hopes eclipsed our fears. Initially, Julian and I managed to carve out a space for a private life. Our firstborn visited with the help of a friend. But when Gabriel was six months old, an embassy security contractor confessed to me that he had been told to steal the baby’s DNA through a nappy. Failing that they would take the baby’s pacifier.

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Assange court hearing scheduled for April 27th – Defend WikiLeaks

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24-04-20 08:34:00,

Assange court hearing scheduled for April 27th

Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign press release

Julian Assange’s lawyers will return to court on Monday to argue that his extradition trial should be postponed.

The hearing is due to resume in the court attached to Belmarsh prison on 18 May. But Assange’s lawyers will argue that they have not had full and unfettered access to their client.

The onset of the coronavirus crisis has reduced that already restricted access to unacceptably low levels.

Julian Assange will not even be able to appear by video link at Westminster court on Monday because he has been advised on medical grounds that moving to, and using, the video link room in the prison is too great a risk.

Two prisoners have already died in Belmarsh and inmates are now locked down 23 hours a day. The government has halted its prisoner release programme which was already too restricted to reduce the prison population to safe levels.

The Judge, Vanessa Baraitser, has previously refused to bail Julian Assange.

The prosecution lawyers acting on behalf of the US government have agreed that the remainder of the trial should be postponed.

Journalists and members of the public will be unable to properly and fully attended the trial if it goes ahead in the current health emergency. During the first week of the hearing in February most journalists could not gain access to the courtroom and were consigned to a portacabin in the grounds of the Belmarsh court with an inadequate video link. But even that option would be unavailable or unusable with coronavirus still a significant danger.

The remainder of the hearing, likely to last three weeks, will constitute the vast majority of the trial and will hear all the witnesses, many of whom will be travelling from abroad.

“It is quite clear that this hearing cannot go ahead in just a few week’s time,” said Joseph Farrell, WikiLeaks ambassador. “Julian’s lawyers cannot prepare adequately, witnesses will not be able to travel, and journalists and the public will not have free, adequate and safe access to the proceedings. Justice will neither be done, nor seen to be done.”

The Don’t Extradite Assange campaign will organise a twitter storm on Sunday evening at 6pm ahead of the hearing.

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ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Julian & Lockdown Injustice

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10-04-20 03:41:00,


District Judge Vanessa Baraitser has insisted throughout the process that the WikiLeaks publisher be caged and monitored, writes Binoy Kampmark.

By Binoy Kampmark
International Policy Digest

Scribes of the Julian Assange case must surely gawk with a sense of horrified wonder at each proceeding unfolding at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Assange is in a battle that can only be described as titanic, seeking to avoid the clutches of the U.S. Justice Department, not to mention its legal system, and convince District Judge Vanessa Baraitser about the merits of that argument. The gigantic canvas confronting all participants in this squalid tale of vexation and oppression is the nature of journalism itself, and the central point of sharing confidential state information that sheds light on impropriety, atrocity, and corruption.

That canvas, however, eludes the judge. Baraitser has insisted through the entire process, including the four days of extradition hearings now passed, that Assange deserves to remain caged and monitored. The farcical show of hobbled justice must go on, including the risk posed to his frail being by Covid-19.

On Tuesday, April 7, during the course of yet another court duel, Assange’s legal team attempted to convince the judge to grant legal anonymity to the WikiLeaks publisher’s partner. As with so many efforts, it ended in heroic failure, which could only be put down to a judge who does her work in a hermetic chamber mute to the world.

The line taken by the defense was bog standard. Both Mark Summers QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC insisted that the identity of Assange’s partner continue to be suppressed. This would also protect the privacy of her two young children yet to attend school. Then came that unsettling issue of U.S. officials having attempted to take a DNA sample from one of the children’s nappies. Surely, their safety would be compromised.

Baraitner’s Hostility Legendary

The defense lawyers had not noticed a change in Baraitser’s mood, whose hostility against fair proceedings in this matter is becoming legend. There was a strong public interest, 

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UK Rejects Assange Release Request Amid COVID-19 Crisis, But Frees Thousands Of Others

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06-04-20 09:41:00,

Via ConsortiumNews.com,

Imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is not eligible for an early Covid-19 release from prison with other inmates because he is not serving a criminal sentence, the Australian Associated Press has reported.

British Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said Saturday that some low-risk inmates, weeks from release will be let go with monitoring devices to help avoid a further outbreak of Covid-19 in the nations’ prisons.

Belmarsh Prison in London, file image.

So far 88 prisoners and 15 staff have tested positive for the virus in British prisons. More than 25 percent of the nations’ prison staff are quarantining themselves. 

“This government is committed to ensuring that justice is served to those who break the law,” Buckland said in a statement. “But this is an unprecedented situation because if coronavirus takes hold in our prisons, the NHS could be overwhelmed and more lives put at risk.”

The Ministry of Justice told the AAP that Assange won’t be among those released because he isn’t serving a custodial sentence

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

Britain will release about 4,000 nonviolent inmates from their prisons to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Justice announced Saturday.

The ministry described prisoners eligible for release as “low-risk offenders,” noting those convicted of violent or sexual offenses will not be considered.

Inmates will be tracked electronically and required to stay home, officials said. — The Hill

In other words, because he has not been convicted of a crime, and is instead only being held on remand pending the outcome of the U.S. extradition request, he must remain in Belmarsh prison with high-risk inmates–the most serious and hardened criminals. 

WikiLeaks Ambassador Joseph Farrell released this video:

#Assange is locked up in what is becoming a vortex of infection with no self-defense. We don’t have the luxury to allow this to happen. Don’t let a him be a sitting duck for a virus that knows no bounds”

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Liefern Sie Assange nicht aus! (Petition)

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06-04-20 09:02:00,

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Liefern Sie Assange nicht aus!

Liefern Sie Assange nicht aus!

To the government of the UK

Julian Assange hat der Welt durch Wikileaks einen großen Dienst erwiesen, indem er amerikanische Kriegsverbrechen, das Ausspionieren von Verbündeten und andere schmutzige Geheimnisse der mächtigsten Regime, Organisationen und Unternehmen der Welt dokumentiert hat. Das hat ihm nicht zu höchstem Ansehen in Amerika verholfen. 

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Assanges Verfolgung, die Verfolgung eines Herausgebers für die Veröffentlichung von Informationen[1], die wahrheitsgemäß und eindeutig im Interesse der Öffentlichkeit erfolgte, – und deren Inhalte in großen Zeitungen auf der ganzen Welt ebenfalls verbreitet wurden – , stellt eine Gefahr für die Pressefreiheit überall dar, zumal die USA ein Recht auf Verhaftung und Verurteilung eines Nicht-Amerikaners geltend machen, der seinerzeit nicht auf amerikanischem Boden war und weiterhin nicht ist.

Er hat einige Jahre Asyl in der ekuadorianischen Botschaft in London erhalten, aber wurde im April nach einem Regierungswechsel an die britischen Behörden ausgehändigt, um von dort aus weiter in die USA ausgeliefert zu werden. Das Urteil ist bereits klar: Wenn nicht die Todesstrafe, dann droht die Unterbringung in einem Hochsicherheitsgefängnis und die schlechte Behandlung wie im Fall Chelsea Manning. Die bloße Auslieferung von Julian Assange an die Vereinigten Staaten würde gleichzeitig den endgültigen Tod der Pressefreiheit im Westen bedeuten.

Deshalb lautet unsere Forderung an die Regierung Großbritanniens: Liefern Sie Assange nicht an die USA aus! Garantieren Sie seine Menschenrechte. Darüber hinaus ermutigen wir als EU-WählerInnen die europäischen Staatschefs, proaktive Maßnahmen zum Schutz eines gefährdeten Journalisten zu ergreifen. Die Welt schaut immer noch hin.

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[1] https://theintercept.com/2018/11/16/as-the-obama-doj-concluded-prosecution-of-julian-assange-for-publishing-documents-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedom/

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Julian Assange denied bail by London court

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25-03-20 02:48:00,

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied bail by a London court after his lawyers argued that the Covid-19 pandemic posed a serious threat to his health in light of his pre-existing conditions.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that the global pandemic “does not provide grounds” for Assange’s release.

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Julian Assange’s lawyers to apply for release on bail, citing risk of Covid-19 — WikiLeaks

The judge also cited Assange’s “past conduct” which she said “shows the lengths he is prepared to go to avoid extradition proceedings,” according to the AAP’s reporter in court.

Assange bail application:- US govt lawyers: Assange is a flight risk, gov’t to protect prisoners from virus.- Defence lawyers: Assange at higher-risk from virus and no longer a flight risk.- Judge: rules against bail.#Assange#Covid19UK

— Marty Silk (@MartySilkHack) March 25, 2020

With her comment on Assange’s “past conduct,” Baraitser was likely referring to the whistleblower’s decision in 2012 to seek asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange entered the embassy in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sexual assaults – which have since been dropped – and to the US, where his lawyers say he would face an unfair and politically-motivated trial for exposing US war crimes. 

Lawyers for the US government had argued that Assange was a flight risk, though with most of the world on some form or other of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s unclear where Baraitser thinks Assange would have been able to flee to.

His defense team argued he was not a flight risk, but is in high danger of the virus, due to his health conditions.

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‘Doctors for Assange’ worry he may die in UK prison having ‘effectively been tortured to death’

Assange is wanted in the US on 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and breaking espionage laws. He has been held at London’s top security Belmarsh prison since April when he was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy by British police.

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Fall Assange: Whistleblowerin Manning begeht in Haft Selbstmordversuch | Anti-Spiegel

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12-03-20 02:40:00,

Die Whistleblowerin Manning hat in Haft einen Selbstmordversuch unternommen. Das zeigt, welches Schicksal auch Julian Assange blühen könnte.

Manning hat 2010 WikiLeaks Hunderttausende geheime Militärdokumente zukommen lassen, die US-Kriegsverbrechen bewiesen haben. Anstatt jedoch die Kriegsverbrecher in den Reihen der US-Armee zu bestrafen, wurde Manning zu 35 Haft verurteilt, 2017 aber von Präsident Obama begnadigt.

Aber die Begnadigung war wenig wert, denn seit Mai 2019 sitzt sie wieder in Haft. Sie sollte gegen Assange aussagen und hat die Aussage verweigert. Daraufhin wurden hohe Strafen gegen sie verhängt und sie sitzt seitdem de facto in Einzelhaft. Einzelhaft ist jedoch über einen langen Zeitraum eine Form der psychischen Folter, die auch gegen Assange selbst angewendet wird.

Die Folgen sind sowohl bei Assange, als auch bei Manning sichtbar. Assange ist bei Gerichtsverhandlungen nur noch ein Schatten seiner selbst und Manning leidet unter Depressionen und Panikattacken. Diese Foltervorwürfe stören jedoch niemanden im Westen. Für Kritiker des Systems gelten die Menschenrechte im Westen offensichtlich nicht.

Manning hat den Selbstmordversuch überlebt und soll am Freitag planmäßig zu einer gerichtlichen Anhörung erscheinen.

Zu Assange selbst gab es vor einigen Tagen ein bemerkenswertes Interview im Spiegel. Der Spiegel hatte Sevim Dagdelen interviewt. Die Abgeordnete der Linken hat den Prozessauftakt gegen Assange in London beobachtet. Sie sprach von einem Schauprozess.

Bemerkenswert war das Interview deshalb, weil Dagdelen alles das sagen durfte, was die Kritiker des Verfahrens gegen Assange vorbringen. Mir ist generell aufgefallen, dass der Spiegel zu Assange nie ein eigenes Wort der Kritik schreibt, aber doch immer wieder Interviewpartner die Dinge sagen lässt, die gesagt werden müssen.

Da der Spiegel sonst nicht so schüchtern ist, wenn es zum Beispiel darum geht, Verstöße gegen Menschenrechte in Russland oder anderen „Feindstaaten“ anzuprangern, wirft das den Verdacht auf, dass man in der Spiegel-Redaktion eigentlich gerne Partei für Assange ergreifen möchte, sich aber nicht traut. Würde der Spiegel sich zu Assange genauso deutlich äußern, wie er es zum Beispiel im Sommer 2019 bei dem Fall des russischen Journalisten Golunow getan hat, dürfte die Redaktion wohl ein paar Probleme bekommen. Aber die Situation von Assange ist ungleich schlimmer, als es die von Golunow zu irgendeinem Zeitpunkt war.

Daher lässt der Spiegel im Fall Assange Interviewpartner die Wahrheiten aussprechen,

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Julian Assange: The Power of Truth – Global Research

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09-03-20 10:52:00,

Julian Assange – an innocent journalist/publisher – is being constantly strip-searched, handcuffed and confined either in an iron cell in the infamous Belmarsh prison or in a glass cage during his show trial. The aim is to make Assange feel and look powerless. Ironically the news of the torture and weakened body of Julian Assange and his unfair trial has generated a tremendous political movement for his freedom.

Today this movement is a global movement and is rising to the level of the international campaign which saved Nelson Mandela’s life in preventing the death sentence and ultimately making his freedom possible. Although Assange is in isolation and confined in a tiny cell, certainly he is not alone. A few yards from his prison, there are people of all walks of life; artists, intellectuals, workers, youth and democratic-minded people who proudly hold their signs up high in defense of Julian Assange. Today, the line of justice for Assange has crossed the UK borders and has reached the four corners of the world. The power of truth is frightening the shameful authorities in London, Washington, and Canberra!

Is it possible to see Julian Assange unchained and FREE? The legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg believes that without whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and publishers like Julian Assange “we would not have a democracy”, and in their defense, he says: “It is now up to us to make sure that the First Amendment is preserved.” The great Roger Waters clearly points out that: “The ruling class,… the corporate world, the rich people, the people who run everything, the people who tell [U.K. Prime Minister] Boris Johnson and Donald Trump what to do” are responsible for the imprisonment of Julian Assange.

He tirelessly campaigns for Assange’s freedom because he believes he is “representing the thoughts of ordinary people who believe in the law, freedom, and the freedom of the press and free speech.”

Professor Noam Chomsky emphasizes that “Assange in courageously upholding political beliefs … performed an enormous service to all those in the world who treasure the values of freedom and democracy.”

John Shipton, Assange’s father, logically and rightly so is concerned that his son’s extradition to the U.S. is nothing but a “death sentence”.

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Seth Rich, Julian Assange, & Dana Rohrabacher – Will We Ever Know The Truth About The Stolen DNC Files?

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07-03-20 08:47:00,

Authored by Philip Giraldi via The American Herald Tribune,

The media is doing its best to make the Seth Rich story go away, but it seems to have a life of its own, possibly due to the fact that the accepted narrative about how Rich died makes no sense.

In its latest manifestation, it provides an alternative explanation for just how the information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer somehow made its way to Wikileaks. If you believe that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide and that he was just a nasty pedophile rather than an Israeli intelligence agent, read no farther because you will not be interested in Rich. But if you appreciate that it was unlikely that the Russians were behind the stealing of the DNC information you will begin to understand that other interested players must have been at work.

For those who are not familiar with it, the backstory to the murder of apparently disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who some days before may have been the leaker of that organization’s confidential emails to Wikileaks, suggests that a possibly motiveless crime might have been anything but.

The Washington D.C. police investigated what they believed to be an attempted robbery gone bad but that theory fails to explain why Rich’s money, credit cards, cell phone and watch were not taken. Wikileaks has never confirmed that Rich was their source in the theft of the proprietary emails that had hitherto been blamed on Russia but it subsequently offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to resolution of the case and Julian Assange, perhaps tellingly, has never publicly clarified whether Rich was or was not one of his contacts, though there is at least one report that he confirmed the relationship during a private meeting.

Answers to the question who exactly stole the files from the DNC server and the emails from John Podesta have led to what has been called Russiagate, a tale that has been embroidered upon and which continues to resonate in American politics. At this point, all that is clearly known is that in the Summer of 2016 files and emails pertaining to the election were copied and then made their way to WikiLeaks,

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Ein Resümée der Anhörung zu Assange in London

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03-03-20 05:37:00,

Letzte Woche war am Dienstag im Gerichtssaal in Belmarsh, London Julian Assanges Verteidigung mit der Darlegung der Eröffnungsargumente an der Reihe. Insgesamt hatte man den Eindruck, dass es Assanges sehr gut vorbereiteten Verteidiger Mark Summers gelang, das Anliegen vseines Mandanten detailliert und überzeugend darzustellen. Zuerst hörten wir Anwesenden, dass Julian Assange seit dem Vortag elfmal Handschellen angelegt wurden, er sich zweimal einer Leibesvisitation unterziehen musste und in fünf verschiedenen Zellen untergebracht war. Leider wurde hiervon in den Medien fast gar nichts gemeldet. Die weitere Anhörung zog sich dann noch bis Donnerstag hin. Ein Bericht aus dem Gerichtssaal in London, von Moritz Müller.

2. Verhandlungstag Dienstag 25. Februar 2020

Um in den Gerichtssaal im Woolwich Crown Court zu kommen, in dem der Westminster Magistrates Court tagt, muss man sich früh anstellen, damit man einen der 24 Publikumsplätze in diesem historischen Verfahren ergattert, weil auch sechs der Plätze für Assanges Angehörige reserviert sind. Als ich um halb sieben eintraf, stand Patrick Hennigsen von 21stcenturywire als erster in der Schlange, dicht gefolgt von drei Vertretern von Reporter ohne Grenzen, unter ihnen der deutsche Geschäftsführer Christian Mihr. Von ihnen erfahre ich, dass sie sich jetzt für Julian Assange einsetzen, auch wenn sie in ihm keinen Journalisten sehen. Ganz ohne Grenzen geht es bei dieser Nichtregierungsorganisation also doch nicht zu. Aber auch sie empfinden die Art und Weise, wie der Zugang für Beobachter bei diesem Prozess organisiert ist, als Zumutung, und anscheinend ist der Zugang für die Öffentlichkeit sogar in Erdogans Türkei besser geregelt.

Wir werden nämlich bis zur 18. Person durch das Tor eingelassen, aber vor dem Eingang zum Gebäude wiederholt sich das Zählen bis Nummer 18, wie noch drei weitere mal an diesem Tag vor der Besuchergalerie des Gerichtsaals. Leider haben wir am Eingang keinen Zettel mit Nummern für diesen Tag bekommen, so dass unserer nun um einige Prominente angewachsene 18er Gruppe an diesem Tag fünf Mal untereinander kämpfen muss, um Einlass zu erlangen. Obwohl dies nur eine Randbemerkung ist, passt es doch in das Bild dieser unsäglichen Affäre. Am ersten Tag müssen die Zustände am Eingang wegen des größeren Andrangs noch um einiges wilder gewesen sein, so dass man sich an den Untergang der Titanic erinnert fühlte. Morgen soll es in London regnen, was die Platzerlangung hoffentlich erleichtern wird.

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Seth Rich, Julian Assange and Dana Rohrabacher – Will We Ever Know the Truth About the Stolen DNC Files?

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01-03-20 08:27:00,

Seth Rich, Julian Assange and Dana Rohrabacher. Credit: Public domain/Gage Skidmore/ Flickr

The media is doing its best to make the Seth Rich story go away, but it seems to have a life of its own, possibly due to the fact that the accepted narrative about how Rich died makes no sense. In its Iatest manifestation, it provides an alternative explanation for just how the information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer somehow made its way to Wikileaks. If you believe that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide and that he was just a nasty pedophile rather than an Israeli intelligence agent, read no farther because you will not be interested in Rich. But if you appreciate that it was unlikely that the Russians were behind the stealing of the DNC information you will begin to understand that other interested players must have been at work.

For those who are not familiar with it, the backstory to the murder of apparently disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who some days before may have been the leaker of that organization’s confidential emails to Wikileaks, suggests that a possibly motiveless crime might have been anything but. The Washington D.C. police investigated what they believed to be an attempted robbery gone bad but that theory fails to explain why Rich’s money, credit cards, cell phone and watch were not taken. Wikileaks has never confirmed that Rich was their source in the theft of the proprietary emails that had hitherto been blamed on Russia but it subsequently offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to resolution of the case and Julian Assange, perhaps tellingly, has never publicly clarified whether Rich was or was not one of his contacts, though there is at least one report that he confirmed the relationship during a private meeting.

Answers to the question who exactly stole the files from the DNC server and the emails from John Podesta have led to what has been called Russiagate, a tale that has been embroidered upon and which continues to resonate in American politics. At this point, all that is clearly known is that in the Summer of 2016 files and emails pertaining to the election were copied and then made their way to WikiLeaks,

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Assange Extradition: Can a French Touch Pierce a Neo-Orwellian Farce? – Global Research

assange-extradition:-can-a-french-touch-pierce-a-neo-orwellian-farce?-–-global-research

28-02-20 07:59:00,

It’s quite fitting that the – imperially pre-determined – judicial fate of Julian Assange is being played out in Britain, the home of George Orwell.

As chronicled by the painful, searing reports of Ambassador Craig Murray, what’s taking place in Woolwich Crown Court is a sub-Orwellian farce with Conradian overtones: the horror…the horror…, remixed for the Raging Twenties. The heart of our moral darkness is not in the Congo: it’s in a dingy courtroom attached to a prison, presided by a lowly imperial lackey.

In one of Michel Onfray’s books published last year, “Theorie de la Dictature” (Robert Laffont) – the top dissident, politically incorrect French philosopher starts exactly from Orwell to examine the key features of a new-look dictatorship. He tracks seven paths of destruction: to destroy freedom, impoverish language, abolish truth, suppress history, deny nature, propagate hate, and aspire to empire.

To destroy freedom, Onfray stresses, power needs to assure perpetual surveillance; ruin personal life; suppress solitude; make opinion uniform and denounce thought crimes. That sounds like the road map for the United States government’s persecution of Assange.

Other paths, as in impoverishing language, include practicing newspeak; using double language; destroying words; oralizing language; speaking a single language; and suppressing the classics. That sounds like the modus operandi of the ruling classes in the Hegemon.

To abolish truth, power must teach ideology; instrumentalize the press; propagate fake news; and produce reality. To propagate hate, power, among other instruments, must create an enemy; foment wars; and psychiatrize critical thinking.

There’s no question we are already mired deep inside this neo-Orwellian dystopia.

John “Paradise Lost” Milton, in 1642, could not have been more prophetic, when he wrote “Those that hurt the eyes of the people blame them for being blind.” How not to identify a direct parallel with Le Petit Roi Emmanuel Macron’s army, month after month, willfully blinding protesting Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests in the streets of France.

Orwell was more straightforward than Milton, saying that to talk about freedom is meaningless unless it refers to the freedom to tell people what they don’t want to hear. And he put it in context by quoting a line from Milton: “By the known rules of ancient liberty.”

No “known rules of ancient liberty” are allowed to penetrate the heart of darkness of Woolwich Crown Court.

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Julian Assange, the Glass Cage and Heaven in a Rage: Day Four of Extradition Hearings – Global Research

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28-02-20 03:02:00,

Thursday, February 27, Woolwich Crown Court.  The first round of extradition hearings regarding Julian Assange’s case concluded a day early, to recommence on May 18th.  It ended on an insensible note very much in keeping with the woolly-headed reasoning of Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is of the view that a WikiLeaks publisher in a cage does not put all heaven in a rage.  On Wednesday, Assange’s defence had requested whether he would be able to leave the confines of his glass cage and join his legal team. As Assange had explained in response to his nodding off during proceedings, “I cannot meaningfully communicate with my lawyers.”  There was little point in “asking” if he could follow proceedings without enabling his participation.

This was not a point that fell on reasonable ears.  The judge felt it came too close to a bail application, and was initially refused as posing a potential risk to the public.  Gibberish was duly thrown at counsel for both sides, with “health and safety”, “risk assessment” and “up to Group 4” featuring as meaningless terms on the obvious: that Assange could pose no threat whatsoever, as he would be in the continuous company of security guards.  As former UK diplomat Craig Murray observed, “She started to resemble something worse than a Dalek, a particularly stupid local government officer of a very low grade.”

According to the judge, to permit such a measure of access between Assange and his team effectively constituted a departure from court custody, a striking nonsense of Dickensian dimensions.  Not even the prosecution felt it unreasonable, suggesting that one need not be so “technical” in granting such applications.

Thursday’s proceedings reaffirmed Judge Baraitser’s stubborn position.  Her first gesture was to permit Assange a pair of headphones to better enable him to hear the proceedings, followed by a brief adjournment to see if his hearing had, in fact, improved.  Assange was unimpressed, removing them after 30 minutes.

Her stretched reasoning found Assange sufficiently accessible to his lawyers despite his glassed surrounds; he could still communicate with them via notes passed through the barrier.  “It is quite apparent over the past four days that you have had no difficulty communicating with your legal team.”  The judge was willing to permit Assange a later start in proceedings to enable a meeting with the legal team and adjourn should the defence wish to meet their client in a holding cell.

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This Assange “Trial” Is A Self-Contradictory Kafkaesque Nightmare

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28-02-20 10:55:00,

The first week of the Julian Assange extradition trial has concluded, to be resumed on May 18th. If you haven’t been following the proceedings closely, let me sum up what you missed:

The prosecution is working to extradite Assange to the US under a US-UK extradition treaty, a treaty whose contents the prosecution now says we should ignore because they explicitly forbid political extraditions. The prosecution says it doesn’t matter anyway because Assange is not a political actor, yet in 2010 the US government that’s trying to extradite him labeled him a political actor in those exact words. Assange’s trial is taking place in a maximum security prison for dangerous violent offenders because that’s where he’s being jailed for no stated reason and despite having no history of violence, which means he’s kept separate from the courtroom in a sound-resistant safety enclosure where he can’t hear or participate in his own trial. The magistrate judging the case says he can’t be allowed out of the enclosure since he’s considered dangerous, because he’s been arbitrarily placed in a prison for dangerous violent offenders. The magistrate keeps telling Assange to stop speaking up during his trial and to speak through his lawyers, yet he’s being actively prevented from communicating with his lawyers.

Make sense?

No?

Not even a tiny bit?

Oh. Okay. Let me explain.

A British human rights and law reform organisation found that keeping a defendant locked in a sound-resistant glass cage apart from the courtroom, as they’re doing to Assange currently, necessarily breaches their right to a fair trial. https://t.co/FG61rIu1ur

— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) February 27, 2020

It’s common in British courtrooms to have something called a “dock”, a place where defendants sit separately from court proceedings. Not all UK courtrooms have docks, and not all docks are the “secure” glass cabinet type which Assange is kept in; they can also be open wooden enclosures. Because Assange is being kept without explanation in a maximum security prison normally reserved the most dangerous violent offenders and terrorism convicts, his trial is taking place in a cage that is very much the “secure” type (so much so that he’s been complaining that he can’t hear the proceedings in his own trial through the bulletproof glass),

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Julian Assange verurteilt Gericht: Keine Beratungen mit seinen Anwälten zugelassen

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28-02-20 10:42:00,

Von
Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan

28. Februar 2020

Am Mittwoch, dem dritten Tag der Anhörungen über den Auslieferungsantrag der USA gegen Julian Assange vor dem Amtsgericht von Westminster, protestierte der WikiLeaks-Herausgeber Julian Assange im Rahmen des Prozesses vor Gericht mit einer mutigen Erklärung gegen die offene Missachtung seiner juristischen Grundrechte.

Der WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange in einem Gefängnistransporter auf dem Weg zum Westminster Magistrates Court in London am 20. Dezember 2019 [Quelle: AP Photo/Frank Augstein]

Assange meldete sich am dritten Tag der Anhörung in seinem Auslieferungsverfahren vor dem Belmarsh Gericht von der Anklagebank aus. Dem mehrfach preisgekrönten Journalisten werden in den USA Verstöße gegen den Espionage Act (Spionagegesetz) vorgeworfen, weil er Kriegsverbrechen, illegale Massenüberwachung und Folterungen der USA enthüllt hat. Ihm drohen in den USA bis zu 175 Jahre Haft.

Dass Assange seit fast zwölf Monaten im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmarsh nahezu in Isolationshaft gehalten wird, verstößt gegen das völkerrechtliche Verbot von Folter und willkürlicher Inhaftierung. Dies insbesondere, weil er sich nur in Untersuchungshaft befindet.

Als das Verfahren am Mittwochmorgen begann, informierte Distriktrichterin Vanessa Baraitser das Gericht, dass Assange „unter Einfluss von Medikamenten“ stehe und „Schwierigkeiten dabei haben könnte, dem Verfahren zu folgen“. Kurz nach 14 Uhr fragte sie Assanges Anwältin Gareth Peirce, ob ihr Mandant sich noch konzentrieren könne oder eine Pause benötige.

Daraufhin stand Assange selbst von der Anklagebank auf, stellte sich vor das kugelsichere Glas, das ihn vom Rest des Gerichts trennt, und erklärte Peirce unter sichtlicher psychischer Beeinträchtigung, er werde von den Gefängniswärtern ständig überwacht: „Ich kann nicht mit meinen Anwälten sprechen oder sie um Erklärung bitten, ohne dass die Gegenseite es sieht.“

„Die Gegenseite hat täglich fast hundertmal mehr Kontakt zu ihren Anwälten … Warum fragt man mich, ob ich mich konzentrieren kann, wenn ich mich schon nicht beteiligen kann?“

Assange, der einen Großteil der letzten drei Tage über Schwierigkeiten hatte, dem Verfahren zu folgen, erklärte gegenüber Peirce: „Ich bin bei diesem Verfahren so sehr ein Teilnehmer, wie ich Zuschauer in Wimbledon bin.“

Baraitser reagierte mit unverhohlener Feindseligkeit auf Assanges Intervention. Sie erklärte, Assange habe kein Recht, sich vor Gericht zu äußern, solange er nicht direkt befragt werde, und ordnete eine kurze Unterbrechung an. Als das Verfahren weiterging,

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USA v Julian Assange: Extradition Day 4 – Defend WikiLeaks

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27-02-20 07:37:00,

USA v Julian Assange: Extradition Day 4
Judge denies Assange’s request to sit with his lawyers

First week of hearings ends early; to return in earnest May 18th

The first week of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing at Woolwich Crown Court has ended a day earlier than expected, with District Judge Vanessa Baraitser denying Julian Assange’s request to leave the glassed box known as a secure dock in the back of the courtroom.

Assange had asked to leave the dock to sit with his legal team so that he can have legally privileged conversations with his lawyers throughout the proceedings. “I cannot meaningfully communicate with my lawyers,” he said. “What is the point of asking if I can concentrate if I cannot participate?”

But the judge rejected the request, arguing that Assange has ample access to his lawyers to whom he can pass notes through the slotted glass barrier. She said she’s willing to start proceedings later so that Assange can meet with his lawyers in the morning and to adjourn court when the defense would like to meet with their client in a holding cell.

The defense explained this would unduly extend the proceedings and render them incoherent, as the court may have to break every three minutes for a twenty-minute break. When the judge said that was an exaggeration of what would be required, the defense reminded the court how lengthy and complicated is the process to take Assange to and from his holding cell. Nevertheless, Assange’s request was denied.

Prosecution claims Assange and WikiLeaks aren’t “political”

Earlier today, concluding its arguments from yesterday against the defense’s claim that Assange cannot be extradited for a ‘political offense,’ the prosecution said just because a charge is “espionage” doesn’t mean that it is necessarily political. Prosecutor James Lewis QC argued that an offense should only be considered ‘political’ if the accused was attempting to change a head of state.

“The Court does not need to resolve these issues, but they demonstrate that any bare assertion that WikiLeaks was engaged in a struggle with the US Government was in opposition to it or was seeking to bring about policy change would need to be examined far more closely.”

But Assange was clearly working to change US policy.

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Whistleblower Assange im Glaskäfig: „Wie in Wimbledon auf der Tribüne“

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27-02-20 02:41:00,

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15:12 27.02.2020(aktualisiert 15:13 27.02.2020)

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Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange wird in London der Prozess gemacht. Für internationale Beobachter und Familienangehörige des Whistleblowers stehen nur wenige Plätze im Gerichtssaal zur Verfügung. Assange selbst sitzt isoliert hinter Glas und hat so gut wie keinen Kontakt zu seinen Anwälten.

Noch bis Freitag laufen die Anhörungen der Verteidigung und der Anklage im Prozess gegen Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange in London. Es geht um seine Auslieferung an die USA, wo ihm ein weiterer Prozess und bis zu 175 Jahren Haft drohen. Assange hat auf der von ihm mitbegründeten Internet-Plattform Wikileaks unter anderem Video-Material veröffentlicht, das beweist, dass US-Soldaten im Irak und Afghanistan Kriegsverbrechen begangen haben.

16 Plätze für die ganze Welt

Die Anhörungen der Anwälte der Verteidigung und der Anklage im Falle Assange finden im Gerichtssaal 2 des Woolwich Crown Courts in London statt. Für die Öffentlichkeit stehen insgesamt nur 16 Plätze bereit. Diese teilen sich Familienangehörige von Assange und internationale Prozessbeobachter.

​Aus Deutschland sind Sevim Dagdelen, Außenexpertin der Fraktion Die Linke und Heike Hänsel, stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Linksfraktion als Prozessbeobachterin in London. Martin Sonneborn, Europaabgeordneter und Vorsitzender von „Die Partei“ hat seinen Bürochef Dustin Hoffmann nach London geschickt. Alle drei twittern über die unwürdigen Zustände im Gerichtssaal und die unmenschliche Behandlung Assanges.

Handschellen und Leibesvisitation

Die Anwältin des Angeklagten Jennifer Robinson berichtete am Montag, dass Assange am ersten Tag seiner Auslieferungsanhörung elf Mal mit Handschellen gefesselt und zweimal nackt einer Leibesvisitation unterzogen wurde. ​Robinson erklärte außerdem, dass Assange “der Zugang zu seinen juristischen Papierenverweigert und sie ihm weggenommen“ worden seien.

#JulianAssange war seit gestern in 5 verschiedenen Zellen inhaftiert, 11 mal wurden ihm Handschellen angelegt, 2mal gab es nackte Leibesvisitationen und seine ihm persönlich zustehenden privaten Unterlagen wurden bei Verlassen u Betreten des Gefängnis konfisziert. #FreeAssange

— Heike Hänsel (@HeikeHaensel) February 25, 2020

Isoliert im Glaskäfig

Die Verhandlung darf der Angeklagte nur in Handschellen in einem Glaskäfig verfolgen, ohne sich unmittelbar mit seinen Anwälten austauschen zu können. Der Anwalt der Anklage ist dagegen in ständigem Kontakt mit drei Vertretern von US-Behörden, die an der Verhandlung teilnehmen.

Am Mittwoch wurde der Angeklagte von der Richterin gefragt,

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First They Came for Assange… – Activist Post

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27-02-20 02:28:00,

By Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.)

“WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.”
~
Donald Trump, October 10 2016, Wilkes-Barre, PA

“This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove.”
~ Donald Trump, October 31, 2016 in Warren, MI

Back in the day, not so long ago, The Donald loved him some WikiLeaks. He said so on at least five occasions out on the campaign trail – in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. That was when WikiLeaks, ostensibly at least, served his purposes by releasing hacked DNC emails that were rather unflattering to his opponent, Hillary Clinton. The MAGA crew must’ve agreed with him regarding the Julian Assange-headed web publication at the time: Trump carried all four battleground states, which propelled him into the White House. He’s had more than three years, now, to acclimate to his new digs and, somewhere along the way, pulled a 180 on Assange, whom his administration now labels “an enemy of the state who must be brought down.” So it is that this week, Assange began the fight – perhaps, quite literally, for his life – in the UK against the Justice Department’s stated intent to extradite and try him in the United States.

A journalist, a publisher, has been labeled by the U.S. Government as an “Enemy of America.” Now that’s dangerous language with scary historical precedent in America and abroad. Recall that the term has been used against “unfriendly” press elements by others: the military junta in Myanmar; Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez; Russia’s Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, President Richard “The press is your enemy” Nixon; and, you know, Cambodia’s Pol Pot, and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, for starters. In our own history, press suppression, especially in times of war, is as American as apple pie. During World War I, the (still on the books) 1917 Espionage Act was used to wage all-out combat against any and all critical media sources. Sometimes persecution bordered on the Orwellian absurd. For example, in September 1918, even The Nation was banned from the mail for four days by the US Postal Service simply for criticizing the pro-war labor leader Samuel Gompers.

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Julian Assange, Political Offences and Legal Restraints: Day Three of Extradition Hearings – Global Research

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27-02-20 11:03:00,

Wednesday, February 26, Woolwich Crown Court.  Today, the focus shifted to the protagonist himself and the nature of the US-UK Extradition Treaty of 2003, a contentious document that shines all too favourably for US citizens.   

Julian Assange, whose deteriorating condition has been noted for months by psychologists, doctors and UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer, has been making a fist of it in the dock, despite being in Kafkaesque isolation.  Exhaustion, however, is manifest.  Judge Vanessa Baraitser has been keeping an eye on Assange’s demeanour, prodding his lawyers at one point to inspect him.  His eyes had closed, his attention seemingly wavering.  A point of permanent frustration for the WikiLeaks founder has been the din the hearings are causing and the distance, physical and symbolic, from his legal team.  “I am as much a participant in these proceedings I am at Wimbledon.” 

The structural impediments he has had to face have been profound, a point he was keen to make to the bench.  “I cannot meaningfully communicate with my lawyers.  There are unnamed embassy officials in this court room. I cannot communicate with my lawyers to ask them for clarifications without the other side seeing.”

The singular nature of Assange’s case has not struck the judge as sufficient grounds to accept special measures.  The defence team insists, not unreasonably, that legal advice given to him be kept privileged.  This is a particularly sore point, given the surveillance efforts conducted by UC Global SC in Assange’s place of abode for some seven years, London’s Ecuadorean embassy.  This involved audio and film footage on lawyers visiting and discussing case matters with Assange relayed to servers accessible to the Central Intelligence Agency.  “There has been enough spying on my lawyers already.  The other side has about 100 times more contact with their lawyers per day.  What is the point of asking if I can concentrate if I cannot participate?”  

To these points the judge remained dismissive, annoyed at his intervention in the absence of testifying.  “I can’t make an exception in your case.”  A brief recess did follow, permitting Assange to leave the dock for a backroom consultation with his legal team.  True to form in this entire charade,

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Highlights from the Assange Trial Thus Far | The Vineyard of the Saker

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26-02-20 09:41:00,

Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

Here are the most informative excerpts that I have noted from the best news-reporting from journalists who have been attending at the trial:

CRAIG MURRAY, “Day 2”:

For the defence, Mark Summers QC stated that the USA charges were entirely dependent on three factual accusations of Assange behviour:

1) Assange helped Manning to decode a hash key to access classified material.

Summers stated this was a provably false allegation from the evidence of the Manning court-martial.

2) Assange solicited the material from Manning

Summers stated this was provably wrong from information available to the public

3) Assange knowingly put lives at risk

Summers stated this was provably wrong both from publicly available information and from specific involvement of the US government.

In summary, Summers stated the US government knew that the allegations being made were false as to fact, and they were demonstrably made in bad faith. This was therefore an abuse of process which should lead to dismissal of the extradition request. …

This comprehensive account took some four hours and I shall not attempt to capture it here. I will rather give highlights. …

On 1) Summers at great length demonstrated conclusively that Manning had access to each material a) b) c) d) provided to Wikileaks without needing any code from Assange, and had that access before ever contacting Assange. …

After a brief break, Baraitser [the judge] came back with a real zinger. She told Summers that he had presented the findings of the US court martial of Chelsea Manning as fact. But she did not agree that her court had to treat evidence at a US court martial, even agreed or uncontested evidence or prosecution evidence, as fact. …

The bulk of Summers’ argument went to refuting behaviour 3), putting lives at risk. … Summers described at great length the efforts of Wikileaks with media partners over more than a year to set up a massive redaction campaign on the cables. He explained that the unredacted cables only became available after Luke Harding and David Leigh of the Guardian published the password to the cache as the heading to Chapter XI of their book,

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USA v Julian Assange: Extradition Day 3 – Defend WikiLeaks

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26-02-20 09:40:00,

USA v Julian Assange: Extradition Day 3
Defense: Julian Assange cannot be extradited for a political offense

Assange on lack of access: “I am as much a participant in these proceedings as I am watching Wimbledon”

In day three of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London, the defense argued that the WikiLeaks publisher must not be sent to the United States because the US-UK Extradition Treaty precludes extradition for a “political offense.”

Article 4 of the 2003 treaty, which was ratified in 2007, says, “Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense.”

But the US government claimed that the judge must rely on domestic UK law, rather than the international Treaty. Even if the offenses Assange is accused of in the extradition request are political, the prosecution said, “he is not entitled to derive any rights from the [US-UK Extradition] Treaty” because it has not been incorporated into domestic law.

The same year the Extradition Treaty was written, the UK Parliament passed the Extradition Act 2003, a UK domestic law that does not feature a bar to extradition for political offenses. But in 2007, the US-UK Extradition treaty was ratified in the United States, without removing the political offense exemption. “Both governments must therefore have regarded Article 4 as a protection for the liberty of the individual,” the defense argues, “whose necessity continues (at least in relations as between the USA and the UK).”

The US government claims that for the Treaty to take precedence over the domestic Act would deny Parliamentary sovereignty. “There’s no such thing as a political offense in ordinary English law,” the prosecution said, “it only arises in context of extradition.”

The defense fundamentally disagrees. “True the 2003 Extradition Act itself provides no ‘political offence’ bar,” the defense says, “but authority establishes that it is the duty of the Court, not the executive, to ensure the legality of extradition under the terms of the Treaty. “

Defense lawyer Edward Fitzgerald QC says that the judge must take the political exemption into account,

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Assange blasts court for preventing communication with lawyers, alleges legal team is being SPIED on

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26-02-20 04:50:00,

On the third day of his extradition hearing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has rebuked the court for preventing him from communicating with his legal team, saying his prosecutors have “100 times more contact hours each day.”

Amid a prosecution argument about whether or not he stands charged with “political offenses” Assange stood and told the court that “the problem is I cannot participate, I cannot privately communicate with my lawyers.” 

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Judge Vanessa Baraitser responded to the 48-year-old journalist and publisher by saying she would not allow him to address the court: “Mr Assange, generally defendants do not have a voice.”

The Australian continued to try and get his point across so the magistrate adjourned the court for five minutes while the defense team held a ‘private’ meeting. 

“The other side must have something like 100 contact hours each day,” Assange said upon the conclusion of the adjournment, before adding that his legal team is being spied on.

There is already enough spying on my lawyers as it is. There are a number of unnamed embassy officials here. There are two microphones in here. What’s the point of asking if I can concentrate if I can’t participate?

“I am as much a participant in these proceedings as I am at Wimbledon,” Assange wistfully joked while alleging that there was a microphone in the glass defendants dock. 

The defense team asked for Assange to be removed from the dock so that he could sit with them; prosecutors reportedly didn’t object but the judge felt the security team might. 

“It is your call Madam,” the prosecutors said. Defense counsel Edward Fitzgerald argued that Assange is “no threat to anyone,” adding: “He is a gentle man of an intellectual nature. There’s no reason for him not to sit with us.”

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The judge then asked whether they would like to submit a formal bail application to make that a reality.

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Julian Assange Against the Imperium: Day Two of Extradition Hearings – Global Research

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26-02-20 01:40:00,

The second day of extradition hearings against Julian Assange and by virtue of that, WikiLeaks, saw Mark Summers QC deliver a formidable serve for the defence at Woolwich Crown Court.  “It’s difficult to conceive of a clearer example of an extradition request that boldly and blatantly misstates the facts as they are known to be to the US government.”  The targets were, respectively, allegations by the US Department of Justice that Assange attempted to conceal Chelsea Manning’s identity for nefarious purposes and second, that WikiLeaks was reckless as to the potential consequences of harm in releasing unredacted State Department cables in 2011.

The position WikiLeaks has taken on the latter position goes back to the problematic, rocky relationship it has had with The Guardian over the years.  In November last year, the paper took the position that Assange had to “be defended against extradition to the United States in a case that digs at the foundations of freedom of democracy in both Britain and the US, and could see him sentenced to a total of 175 years.”  History, however, shows a more fair-weather friend disposition, especially amongst a few of the paper’s journalists.

The Guardian was one of a select number of international outlets WikiLeaks had partnered with in what was intended to be, according to Summers, a harm minimisation process of release.  Initial cable publications in November 2010 heeded the principle of redaction, so much so that John Goetz of Der Spiegel considered them “extreme”.  Goetz’s statement was duly read by Summers: “These were more extreme measures than I had ever previously observed as a journalist to secure the data and ensure they could not be accessed by anyone who was not a journalist.”

To the claim of reckless publication, it was submitted that journalists Luke Harding and David Leigh revealed the relevant password in their book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy that led inexorably to the indiscriminate release of the cables.  The password granted access to the encrypted file with the full trove of unredacted cables, though this fact was only picked up by the German publication Der Freitag in August 2011.  James Lewis QC, representing the Crown Prosecution Service,

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