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PRESS FREEDOM: Under the Cosh with Extradition of Julian #Assange to US

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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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