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(LONDON) High Court Report: Julian Assange Extradition Case: Day Two: His fate is expected later this Thursday, as the #WikiLeaks co-founder potentially faces extradition to the US #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: Assange briefly appeared via video from the UK’s Belmarsh prison on day one, with supporters, family and loved ones visibly shaken by his current health. Washington is appealing that he IS fit enough to be extradited to face charges which carry a maximum penalty of 175 years behind bars: Crowds are gathering outside the Royal Courts of Justice (Britain’s top appeals court) ahead of what could be a defining day for whistleblowers around the globe.

#AceDailyNews says according to the various news sources Assange Should be Hailed, not Jailed Says Corbyn at US Extradition Appeal & US Department of Justice, represented at the hearing by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has offered assurances that he could serve any sentence in his native Australia.

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange protest in London - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.10.2021

Jeremy Corbyn has said Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be “hailed” for exposing war crimes and state snooping — not jailed in the USThe former Labour Party leader spoke at a protest outside the High Court in London on Thursday, where Assange’s legal team were opposing an appeal by the US government against a magistrate’s decision to deny his extradition to the US on espionage charges.

“He’s committed no crime, and he’s in a maximum security prison”, Corbyn said.

“If he [was] moved to the United States, he may well, because of his mental health condition, take his own life”, the veteran politician stressed.

“That is what we have done to this person who told us the truth, the truth about Afghanistan, the truth about Iraq, the truth about surveillance and revealed the incredible levels of secret power held by the United States and indeed many other governments around the world”.

Assange has been held in the ultra high-security Belmarsh prison in south London, where terrorist suspects and convicts are commonly jailed, since April 2019. He appeared by a video link from the prison on the first day of the appeal hearing on Wednesday.

The journalist’s fiancée and mother of his two children Stella Moris said this week she had become even more concerned about his health after visiting him in Belmarsh, where he appeared emaciated.

Assange’s barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC argued that rendering him to the US would worsen his already-damaged mental health and put him at risk of suicide.

Fitzgerald says the district judge assessed Assange’s mental condition based on the “very fact that his extradition” would remove “protective factors.” For example, the loss of family support that he has in the UK.— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) October 28, 2021

Fitzgerald deals with the particular issue of Assange’s intellectual ability to commit suicide and how it would likely be driven by his mental health condition. He mentions the Lauri Love case.

This is laid out in this part of the defense submission to the High Court: pic.twitter.com/IIm0etjqph— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) October 28, 2021

The U.S. Government Wants to Extradite Julian Assange at All Costs - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.10.2021

The US Government Wants to Extradite Julian Assange at All Costs

Assange was arrested on 2 April 2019 after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno revoked the political asylum status granted to the journalist in 2012 by his predecessor Rafael Correa’s government, and evicted him from its embassy in the capital’s wealthy Knightsbridge.

He was convicted of breaching his bail conditions in 2012 by seeking refuge at the embassy while awaiting extradition to Sweden on charges of rape, which have since been dropped. Assange’s lawyers argued that the Swedish request was a ruse to get him into a jurisdiction from which extradition to the US would be easier.

“In a different country he would be hailed as a whistle-blower who told the truth about the dangers we are all facing, the dangers the whole world is facing”, Corbyn said.

“I think we should bear witness to Julian’s bravery and his determination and demand two things: one that he’s not removed under any circumstances to the United States, and secondly that he be released from Belmarsh so he can continue his life with his partner, with his children”.

If extradited to the US, Assange faces trial on charges that could see him spend the rest of his life in prison. The allegations stem from Wikileaks’ publication of evidence of war crimes by US forces leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning over a decade ago.

Court is on break for lunch. In the afternoon, Mark Summers QC will address the “assurances” from the US government. We expect to hear more discussion of recent revelations involving the CIA’s war on WikiLeaks and the plans that were sketched out to kidnap or kill Assange.— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) October 28, 2021

Corbyn was suspended from his party last year on the orders of his successor Sir Keir Starmer — a former head of the CPS — after he defended the party from anti-Semitism allegations.

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(WASHINGTON) High Court Report: Julian #Assange Case: Lawyers for the US have told the judge who blocked his extradition was misled by his psychiatrist #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: In January, a court ruled Mr Assange could not be extradited to the US due to concerns over his mental health: Mr Assange is wanted over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011: The US says the leaks broke the law and endangered lives but Mr Assange says the case is politically motivated.

#AceDailyNews says according to US News yesterday the U.S. has began legal appeal to get Julian #Assange extradited under the latest high court judgement over his mental health and now the government is starting a legal appeal to try to get the #Wikileaks founder extradited…..

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 13, 2020
Assange pictured leaving court in January 2020

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In the appeal against the January decision, barristers for the US said it had given four clear assurances that he would be treated humanely.

The district judge overseeing the USA’s extradition appeal at the start of the year, Vanessa Baraitser, said that while publishing on Wikileaks the classified military and government documents that Mr Assange released arguably amounted to a crime – including the disclosure of the identities of Iraqis and Afghan citizens who had helped coalition forces – he could not be transferred to the US because he was unwell and could take his own life. 

However, the US team, launching its appeal, said the evidence was wrong and the Wikileaks founder could even serve a prison sentence back home in Australia.

James Lewis QC, representing the US, told the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Justice Holroyde the conclusion reached in January had been wrong on legal and evidential grounds.

Mr Lewis said Mr Assange’s psychiatrist had misled the earlier judge and the US had also not been given an opportunity to answer the judge’s concerns. 

Mr Assange, 50, is wanted in the US on allegations of a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. 

The publications include the release in April 2010 of footage showing US soldiers shooting dead civilians from a helicopter in Iraq.

Mr Assange has been held in Belmarsh Prison since 2019 when he was carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police before being arrested for breaching his bail conditions.

He had entered the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex offence allegations, which he has always denied and were eventually dropped.

At the outset of Wednesday’s proceedings, Mr Assange’s legal team told judges their client had been asked not to attend the hearing by video link because he was apparently not well enough to do so.

Later in the morning, Mr Assange chose to attend. He could be seen sitting in a video link suite at the prison, wearing a light coloured shirt and dark tie, with shoulder length hair and a black face mask around his mouth.

Mr Lewis told the High Court that Washington had now given four binding assurances as to how the hacker and activist would be treated:

  • The US would not impose a highly restrictive form of solitary confinement on Mr Assange before or after trial – although it could do so if he committed a further offence
  • Mr Assange could apply to serve a sentence in Australia and the US would agree to that transfer
  • Prison authorities would ensure Mr Assange would receive “any such clinical and psychological treatment” that prison clinicians recommended
  • In addition to this, Mr Assange would also not be sent to ADX Florence, the United States’ “supermax” isolated prison, reserved for the worst offenders. 

Mr Lewis said: “The assurances are clearing binding on the United States.”

He added: “The district judge’s approach carries with it the risk of rewarding fugitives for their flight, and of creating an anomaly between the approach of the courts in domestic criminal proceedings, and in extradition.”

Edward Fitzgerald QC, representing Mr Assange, told the court that although in written arguments the US authorities had “sought to minimise the severity of Mr Assange’s mental disorder and suicide risk”, it remained “perfectly reasonable to find it oppressive to extradite a mentally disordered person because his extradition is likely to result in his death”.

Mr Fitzgerald said that during the January court hearing, Ms Baraitser relied on the “inevitable fact” that – if extradited – Mr Assange would be detained in isolation and deprived of the protective factors he experienced in Belmarsh prison. The US’s assurances at the time did not remove the risk of detention in special administrative measures.

He added that although the US has said it could transfer Mr Assange to Australia if he was convicted, Australia has not said whether it would accept him, and the transfer “likely won’t occur”.

The High Court hearing is expected to end on Thursday and a decision will be made at a later date.

Supporters, family members and friends of Mr Assange have expressed their “outrage” after he was not allowed to attend his court hearing in person.

His partner, Stella Moris, was outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London ahead of the hearing with other supporters of Mr Assange who had gathered.

Ms Moris said: “I’m very concerned for Julian’s health, I saw him on Saturday, he’s very thin.

“I hope the courts will end this nightmare, that Julian is able to come home soon and that wise heads prevail.

“We’re very concerned that he’s not able to be here today to give instruction to his lawyers, to be able to ask for clarifications about what’s going on in court.

“Julian should never be extradited.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published: Oct.28: 2021;

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(LONDON) #Assange Report: EFF Joins a coalition of press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights groups that sent a letter to AG Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice to drop its efforts to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: Assange has been charged under the Espionage Act. The charges have been widely condemned by journalists and press freedom organizations, including by outlets that have been critical of Assange. Leaks of information that the government would prefer to keep secret, and the publication of those leaks by journalists, are vital to our democracy. Regardless of what one thinks about other criminal charges against Assange, his indictment on charges that mostly reflect basic journalistic practices will have a chilling effect on critical national security journalism.

#AceDailyNews says according to an EFF report ‘Joins Press Freedom Groups In Asking U.S. To Drop ‘Assange’ extradition in a Letter to DOJ Attorney Garland.

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EFF By October 18, 2021:

The renewed request comes after a Yahoo News report that the CIA discussed kidnapping or killing Assange in 2017, before charges against Assange were filed. The agency also reportedly planned extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates.

In January, a British judge denied the Trump Administration’s extradition request, on the basis that the conditions of confinement in the U.S. would be overly harsh. The U.S. chose to appeal that decision. A hearing on the case is scheduled to be heard next week. Human rights and press freedom groups, including EFF, first asked in February for the Biden Administration to drop the extradition effort.

In addition to EFF, the letter to DOJ has been signed by the ACLU, Amnesty International, Center for Constitutional Rights, Fight for the Future, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Human Rights Watch, PEN America, Reporters Without Borders, and many other groups.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.23: 2021:

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) NSW Police Report: Detectives have extradited a man from Queensland and laid charges over the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a woman in Sydney’s north-west last month #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.11: Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad were notified and took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Kempbridge.

QLD REPORT: Man has been extradited and charged over alleged aggravated sexual assault of woman in Sydney’s north-west: ‘On Thursday 29 April 2021, officers attached to Blacktown Police Area Command received a report that a woman had been sexually assaulted by three unknown men’

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Friday, 07 May 2021 10:07:02 AM

Officers were told that the 37-year-old woman met three men at a licenced premise at Rouse Hill on Saturday 24 April 2021.

The men allegedly took the woman to a home at Riverstone, where she was sexually assaulted on several occasions by the group in the early hours of Sunday 25 April 2021.

The woman left the home and sought medical treatment at Blacktown Hospital on Monday 26 April 2021, before contacting police.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 26-year-old man at a home at Riverstone and a 35-year-old man at a home at Valley Heights about 2pm on Tuesday (4 May 2021).

The pair were charged and remain before the courts.

As part of ongoing inquiries, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives obtained an arrest warrant for a 31-year-old man, believed to be interstate.

Following further investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from Queensland Police Service, arrested a 31-year-old man at Amberley, Brisbane, about 2pm on Wednesday (5 May 2021).

The man was taken to Brisbane watch house and charged with the outstanding interstate warrant.

He appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday 6 May 2021), where detectives applied for, and were granted, his extradition to NSW.

The man was escorted back to Sydney and taken to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with an outstanding warrant for six counts of aggravated sexual assault – offender in company with other persons.

He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today (Friday 7 May 2021).

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: May.11: 2021:

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