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Amnesty International – Stefan Simanowitz – UK: Certifying Assange’s extradition puts him at great risk and “would pose grave threat to press freedom”

UK Home Secretary certifies the US request to extradite Julian Assange, violates the prohibition against torture and set an alarming precedent for publishers and journalists around the world, Amnesty International said today following the UK Magistrates’ Court’s decision to issue an order to extradite him.

The case will now be sent to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who will decide whether or not to certify the US request by 18 May.

“The UK has an obligation not to send any person to a place where their life or safety is at risk and the government must not abdicate that responsibility. The US authorities have flatly stated that they will change the terms of Assange’s imprisonment in a federal facility whenever they see fit. This admission places Julian Assange at great risk of prison conditions that could result in irreversible harm to his physical and psychological well-being,” said Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“The extradition of Julian Assange would also be devastating for press freedom and for the public, who have a right to know what their governments are doing in their name,”

“Publishing information that is in the public interest is a cornerstone of media freedom. Extraditing Julian Assange to face allegations of espionage for publishing classified information would set a dangerous precedent and leave journalists everywhere looking over their shoulders.”

Prolonged solitary confinement is a regular occurrence in the USA’s maximum security prisons. The practice amounts to torture or other ill treatment, which is prohibited under international law. The assurances of fair treatment offered by the USA in the Assange case are deeply flawed and could be revoked at any time.

Extradition to the USA would put Julian Assange at risk of serious human rights violations, and hollow diplomatic assurances cannot protect him from such abuse.
If the UK government allows a foreign country to exercise extraterritorial criminal jurisdiction to prosecute a person publishing from the UK, other governments could use the same legal apparatus to imprison journalists and silence the press far beyond the borders of their own countries.

“The charges against Assange should never have been brought in the first place. It is not too late for the US authorities to set things right and drop the charges,” said Agnes Callamard.

“In the meantime, given the politically motivated nature of the case and its grave implications for freedom of expression, the UK should refrain from representing the USA in any further appeals.”

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BREAKING: UK Court Judge Formally Approves Extradition of #Assange to US

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#AceBreakingNews – UK judge formally approves Julian Assange’s extradition to the US

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UK District Judge Paul Goldspring has formally approved journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US to face charges about information that he published through WikiLeaks more than a decade ago.

The order, which was issued at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, follows the UK Supreme Court preventing Assange from appealing a lower court ruling that approved his extradition last month. However, Assange’s legal team can still appeal today’s ruling.

The final decision will now be sent to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Assange’s lawyers have four weeks to make submissions to Patel and can also seek an appeal to the high court.

Mark Summers, a lawyer for Assange, told the court that Assange’s legal team had “serious submissions” to make.

The US’s charges against Assange stem from WikiLeaks’ 2010 publication of leaked material which was provided by whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The leaked materials showed US military members firing on civilians, revealed details about civilian deaths during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and more.

US government prosecutors claim that Assange unlawfully helped Manning steal the materials and have levied espionage and computer misuse charges against him.

However, his supporters and lawyers argue that the case against Assange is politically motivated, that he was acting as a journalist when publishing the materials, and that the publication of the materials is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who worked with US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose secret US and UK government surveillance programs, described the case against Assange as “by far the worst case of journalistic persecution in the West.”

Julian’s wife, Stella Assange, has also noted that the charges he is facing under the controversial 1917 Espionage Act “don’t allege ‘spying'” and are instead for “receiving, possessing and communicating true information from a journalistic source to the public.”

After Julian’s extradition was formally approved, Stella Assange said in a statement outside the court:

“The UK has no obligation to extradite Julian Assange to the United States. In fact, it is required by its international obligations to stop this extradition.Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, don’t extradite Julian to the country that conspired to murder him. Boris Johnson and Priti Patel can stop this at any time, they can stop it today. They can stop this nightmare today and return Julian to his family. They can do the right thing and enforce Article 4 of the US and UK Extradition Treaty which prohibits extraditions for political offenses.

“Right now, they’re in breach of their own treaty. This is a political case and with the signature of the magistrate this now passes squarely into the political domain. Free Julian Assange.”

Assange has been detained in the UK’s Belmarsh prison since 2019after the Ecuadorian President withdrew Assange’s diplomatic immunity and London police entered the Ecuadorian embassy to arrest him on a separate charge. He faces a sentence of up to 175 years in prison if extradited.

Major human rights and press freedom groups have called for Patel to reject Assange’s extradition to the US.

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said the extradition of Assange would be “devastating for press freedom and for the public, who have a right to know what their governments are doing in their name.”

Callamard added: “Publishing information that is in the public interest is a cornerstone of media freedom. Extraditing Julian Assange to face allegations of espionage for publishing classified information would set a dangerous precedent and leave journalists everywhere looking over their shoulders.”

Freedom of the Press Foundation described the case as “a direct threat to the rights of ALL journalists in the U.S.” and called for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to “drop the charges before permanent damage to press freedom is done!”

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BREAKING: Julian Assange Marries Stella Moris in Belmarsh Prison Ceremony

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#AceBreakingNews says according to The Guardian News Report: WikiLeaks founder granted permission to wed partner, who fought back tears outside the prison, saying ‘What we’re going through is inhuman’ By

Julian Assange and his partner, Stella Moris, got married on Wednesday at Belmarsh high-security prison in south-east London.

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The WikiLeaks founder, 50, was granted permission last year to marry Moris – with whom he has two children – at the prison where he has been held since 2019 after the US took legal action to extradite him to face trial on espionage charges.

Moris arrived at the jail wearing a floor-length corseted lilac dress designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler, and an elaborate veil embroidered with messages from friends.

After the wedding, Moris made an emotional speech to a crowd outside prison. Fighting back tears and wearing her wedding dress, she said: “I’m very happy but I’m very sad … I wish he were here … What we’re going through is inhuman.”

She added: “He’s the most amazing person in the world and he should be free. But our love will carry us through.”

Supporters said the couple were allowed six guests, including Assange’s two brothers and his father.

Moris said she and Assange had been locked in a dispute with the Ministry of Justice and prison authorities, who she said rejected their proposed witnesses because they were journalists. A proposed photographer was also denied access because he worked for the press, even though they would all have attended in a private capacity, she added.

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In an article for the Guardian, Moris described the wedding venue as “the most oppressive high-security prison in the country”.

“The prison states that our wedding picture is a security risk because it could end up on social media or the press,” she wrote. “How absurd. What kind of security threat could a wedding picture pose?”

Belmarsh regularly permits photography, according to Moris, who added that the far-right activist Tommy Robinson and other prisoners had been interviewed on camera when ITV filmed inside the prison. Moris added: “But for Julian, who isn’t even serving a sentence, there appears to be a different set of rules …They fear people will see Julian as a human being.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “All weddings in prisons must meet the requirements outlined in the Prison Service policy.”

They said photography for weddings in prisons was facilitated by prison staff in line with established national policy on photographing prisoners, and that policy made clear the governor could block images if it was believed they would be shared publicly – which could compromise prison security. As a result, photographs were taken by staff, they said.

Earlier this month, Assange moved a step closer to a US trial on espionage charges after the UK’s highest court refused to hear his appeal against extradition. He was attempting to appeal against a judgment by the high court in December that ruled he could be extradited after assurances from the US authorities with regard to his prison conditions there.

The supreme court said it had refused permission to appeal “as the application didn’t raise an arguable point of law”. The case is expected to be formally sent to the home secretary, Priti Patel, to approve the extradition.

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(LONDON) High Court Report: #Wikileaks founder Julian #Assange has won the right to ask the Supreme Court to block his extradition to the US #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.25: The High Court ruled on Monday he had an arguable point of law that Supreme Court justices may want to consider: The ruling means Mr Assange can petition the UK’s highest court for a hearing, stalling any extradition from the UK for now: He is wanted in the US over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.

#AceDailyNews says according to latest High Court News Report: Julian Assange can ask Supreme Court to consider extradition case By Dominic Casciani
BBC Home and legal correspondent

Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice, said:

Mr Assange’s case had raised a legal question over the circumstances in which judges received and considered assurances from the US about how he would be treated in prison.

But Mr Assange has no guarantee of a hearing despite being able to petition the Supreme Court. In practice this means his case may take many more months to come to a conclusion.

Stella Moris, Mr Assange’s fiancee and mother of his two young sons, claimed the High Court ruling as a victory but said “we are far from achieving justice in this case”. 

Speaking outside the court, she said: “Let’s not forget that every time we win, as long as this case isn’t dropped, as long as Julian isn’t freed, Julian continues to suffer. 

“For almost three years he has been in Belmarsh prison and he is suffering profoundly.” 

She added: “Our fight goes on and we will fight this until Julian is free.”

Watch: “As long as Julian isn’t freed, he continues to suffer” – Mr Assange’s fiancee Stella Morris reacts

The Wikileaks documents revealed how the US military had killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents during the war in Afghanistan, while leaked Iraq war files showed the 66,000 civilians had been killed and prisoners tortured by Iraqi forces.

The US says the leaks broke the law and endangered lives, but Mr Assange says the case is politically motivated.

In January last year, a lower judge who deals with extradition requests ruled that while the US had a case to prosecute Mr Assange for alleged offences relating to the mass-hacking of government systems, he could not be sent from the UK to stand trial – because there was no guarantee that American authorities could safely care for him.

The High Court then reversed that decision for Assange saying that the US had provided good enough assurances that proved Mr Assange could be safely cared for.

Amid fears that he would be subject to extremely harsh solitary confinement conditions, lawyers for Mr Assange argued his fragile mental health meant the US would find it impossible to stop him taking his own life.

But in a short ruling on Monday morning, Lord Burnett said there was now a legal question over how those assurances had been provided as part of the appeal, but not beforehand.

“Assurances [over treatment] are at the heart of many extradition proceedings,” said Lord Burnett’s statement. He said the High Court refused permission to appeal – but whether or not the issue needs to be heard in the Supreme Court “is a matter appropriately for its decision”.

Mr Assange’s lawyers now have 14 days to make the application to the Supreme Court.

The Committee to Protect Journalists cautiously welcomed the High Court ruling and said if Mr Assange were to be prosecuted in the US it “would set a deeply harmful legal precedent”. 

Additional reporting by Lauren Turner

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(LONDON) JUST IN: High Court Report: The United States has won its appeal over the extradition of #WikiLeaks founder Julian #Assange #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.10: Judge Timothy Holroyde said the United States had given assurances to the United Kingdom about Mr Assange’s detention, including about his treatment in the US prison system

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#AceDailyNews says according to ABC News Report: US wins appeal against London court’s decision not to extradite Julian Assange: The win means Mr Assange is a step closer to being extradited to the US to face charges of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating espionage law and that the US would allow him to be transferred to Australia to serve any prison sentence.

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Julian Assange looks to the camera as he is photographed from behind glass with graffiti etched into it. His grey hair is back.
The US government has been seeking the extradition of Julian Assange for years.(Reuters: Simon Dawson, file photo)

Judge Holroyde ordered that the case now be sent back to Westminster Magistrates’ Court with the direction that it be sent to Home Secretary Priti Patel for the final decision on whether to extradite Mr Assange.

Mr Assange has been remanded in custody. He will remain behind bars at London’s Belmarsh prison, where he has been held since his arrest in April 2019.

More to come.

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(LONDON) LATEST: Julian #Assange has been granted permission to marry his partner Stella Moris in Belmarsh prison, the BBC has been told #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.13: The prison service said Mr Assange’s application was “considered in the usual way by the prison governor”………….Ms Moris told PA she was “relieved that reason [had] prevailed”……………She added: “I hope there will be no further interference with our marriage.”

#AceDailyNews says Good News says KIndness & Love❤️ according to BBC News Report: #Wikileaks Julian #Assange has been given permission to marry his partner in Belmarsh Prison: The #Wikileaks founder and Ms Moris have two sons together, who she said were conceived while he was living inside London’s Ecuadorean embassy.

Julian Assange with his fiancee Stella Moris
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A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Mr Assange’s application was received, considered and processed in the usual way by the prison governor, as for any other prisoner.”

Inmates are entitled to apply to be married in prison under the Marriages Act 1983 and where applications are granted, they must meet the full costs of the marriage, with no taxpayer help.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday last year, Ms Moris, a South African-born lawyer, revealed that she had been in a relationship with Mr Assange since 2015 and had been raising their two young sons on her own.

In a video posted on Wikileaks’ YouTube account, she said she had met Mr Assange in 2011 when she joined his legal team.

Ms Moris added that she had visited him in the embassy almost every day and had “got to know Julian very well”. 

The couple fell in love in 2015 and got engaged two years later.

Ms Moris said that Mr Assange had watched both boys being born via video link and they had visited their father at the embassy.

Mr Assange, 50, continues to fight extradition to the US on espionage charges.

He is wanted in the US on allegations of 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 and killing civilians from a helicopter in Iraq.

The Australian has been in Belmarsh Prison since 2019, when he was carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police and arrested for breaching his bail conditions.

He had been in the embassy since 2012, avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he faced sex offence allegations. He has always denied those and they were eventually dropped.

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(LONDON) LATEST: Julian Assange Show Trial Report: #WikiLeaks co-founder and his fiancée, Stella Moris have opened legal proceedings against the UK justice secretary and a prison chief, demanding that they be allowed to get married in Belmarsh Prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.08: We are suing because creepy elements of the UK government are illegally blocking and delaying our marriage by effectively giving the US government veto power,” Moris tweeted on Sunday……

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: Assange & Fiancee Sue want to marry: Assange, who is locked up in Belmarsh, and Moris have been engaged for five years and have two children. Since May, they have been asking prison officials to arrange a wedding ceremony, but have received no reply:

Assange & fiancée sue ‘creepy elements of UK government,’ and here’s why

They have now brought legal action against Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and Belmarsh Governor Jenny Louis on Friday for preventing them from getting married:

Julian Assange’s extradition show trial now boils down to exactly how suicidal he is, proving this has never been about justice

Illegally blocking our marriage is part of a disgusting pattern of conduct attacking Julian’s family life, issuing orders to steal our infant’s DNA, assigning a full time agent to target me & my mother. It seems there is no length of depravity these creeps are not willing to go. https://t.co/Dd7EIIdkth— Stella Moris #FreeAssangeNOW (@StellaMoris1) November 7, 2021

“A wedding would be a moment of happiness, a bit of normality in insane circumstances,” Moris told the Daily Mail. “Julian needs things to hold on to because daily life is a struggle for him in Belmarsh and there is so much uncertainty about his future.”

“Our love for each other is the one thing which has carried us through and being married would be another bulwark in our emotional defences,” Moris said.

Assange is fighting an extradition request from the US, where he is charged with revealing state secrets, including the footage of American soldiers killing civilians in Iraq. He spent seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London until he was evicted in 2019.

The UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has repeatedly expressed concern over Assange’s declining health, and said he has shown symptoms “typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture.”

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(LONDON) High Court Report: Julian Assange Trial: US government promises that Julian Assange would not face harsh prison conditions if he was extradited to the United States are not enough to address concerns about his fragile mental health and high risk of suicide, his lawyer has told at the court #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.02: During a two-day hearing in Britain’s High Court, Mr Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said the WikiLeaks founder was too mentally ill to be extradited to the United States to face trial on espionage charges: District Judge Vanessa Baraitser found Mr Assange was likely to kill himself if held under harsh US prison conditions.

#AceDailyNews says according to ABC News & Media Assange lawyer dismisses US extradition promise over mental health concerns as Washington is seeking to overturn an earlier ruling from a lower British court, which refused a US request to extradite Mr Assange over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret American military documents a decade ago.

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The US is appealing a British court ruling that Mr Assange should not be extradited because of his mental health. (Reuters: Henry Nicholls)

On Wednesday, a lawyer for the US government told the British High Court American authorities had promised Mr Assange would not be subject to strict detention conditions, known as Special Administrative Measures (SAMs), or be held at the ADX Florence maximum security federal prison in Colorado.

He also said that if convicted, Mr Assange would be allowed to serve his sentence in Australia.

Julian Assange looks to the camera as he is photographed from behind glass with graffiti etched into it. His grey hair is back.
Mr Assange’s lawyers have urged the High Court to consider whether US authorities were likely to stick to their assurances. (Reuters: Simon Dawson)

Court urged to question ‘meaningless’ assurances amid CIA allegations

But Mr Fitzgerald argued US assurances were all “caveated, vague or simply ineffective”.

They do not remove the risk of Assange being detained in extreme isolation in the US in the long term, he said, and the risk of Mr Assange killing himself remained substantial if he was extradited.

“It is perfectly reasonable to find it oppressive to extradite a mentally disordered person because his extradition is likely to result in his death,” he said.

He added that judges should use their power to “protect people from extradition to a foreign state where we have no control over what will be done to them”.

In a written submission, Mr Fitzgerald also said the assurance Mr Assange could be transferred to an Australian prison if convicted was “meaningless”.

Australia has not indicated its consent and the process could take a decade or more, he argued.

Mr Assange’s defence team also referred to recent allegations the CIA and US government had considered plans to “seriously harm” him — including alleged discussions to “kidnap or poison” him while he was inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

His lawyers urged the court to consider whether US authorities were likely to stick to their assurances in light of the claims.

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Julian Assange’s partner Stella Morris has called on Mr Assange to be freed. (AP:David Cliff)

Court ruling not expected for weeks

American prosecutors have indicted the WikiLeaks founder on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’s publication of thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison, though a lawyer for the US government said the sentence could be much shorter.

Mr Assange, 50, is currently being held at London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison.

He did not attend the hearing on Thursday, although on Wednesday he appeared by video link at times.

The two-day appeal hearing before two judges, including England’s most senior judge Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett, concluded on Thursday but a ruling on the appeal is not expected for weeks.

The losing side could seek to appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court.

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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

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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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