Wednesday 24th of April 2024

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is “too ill” to attend his appeal against the UK's decision to extradite him to the US, his lawyers have said. The US wants him on 17 charges of espionage tied to WikiLeaks’ publication of State Department and Pentagon files in 2010.

Assange, 52, has been held largely in solitary confinement in the Belmarsh maximum security prison in England since 2019, when Ecuador revoked his asylum at American insistence. The Australian-born publisher had requested to appear in court personally, but was unable to do so due to poor health, according to his lawyers. 

“The world is watching,” Assange’s wife Stella said outside the court house. She accused the US of abusing the legal system to “hound, prosecute and intimidate” and argued that the US “plotted to murder”her husband – referring to revelations that the CIA sought to kill Assange in 2017, when he sheltered in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“What’s at stake is the ability to publish the truth and expose crimes when they’re committed by states,”Stella Assange told the dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday.

Protesters carried Australian flags and signs that said “Free Julian Assange” and “drop the charges.” The Australian parliament passed a motion, supported by the country's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, calling for Assange's release from British captivity in the run up to the appeal.

“The outrageous part of the UK’s years-long ‘trial’ to condemn Julian Assange to die in an American dungeon is that the victim of his ‘crime’ (journalism) is a state rather than a person–the definition of a political offense, which the US-UK extradition treaty explicitly forbid,” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said on X (formerly Twitter). 

Activists outside the court chanted “US, UK, hands off Assange” and “There is only one decision – no extradition,” among other slogans.

This week’s hearing will decide whether Assange will be allowed to appeal the 2022 decision by the UK government to extradite him to the US. His attorneys have argued that the extradition would amount to punishment for political opinions and violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

If the appeal fails, Assange will apply to the European Court of Human Rights and seek a Rule 39 order to stop the extradition while it considers the case, Stella Assange has said.

In 2010, WikiLeaks published the US military’s Iraq and Afghanistan “war diaries,” as well as a trove of State Department cables. One of the videos, later known as “collateral murder,” showed a US helicopter killing 11 people in Iraq, including two Reuters journalists. Suspecting the Swedish “sexual assault” case was a pretext for the US to arrest him – correctly, as it later emerged – Assange sought asylum in Ecuador, which has no extradition treaty with Washington. He spent the next seven years in the country’s embassy in London, blocked from leaving by the British authorities. 

https://www.rt.com/news/592777-julian-assange-london-hearing/

 

The High Court has wrapped up for the day, so here's a summary of what we've learned:

  • The co-founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is facing an extradition order to the US to face charges including breaking into its military databases
  • Assange did not attend court today, nor did he join via video link because he was unwell. Assange's health, both physical and mental, has been a concern throughout his legal battles
  • In court, Assange's legal team alleged they have evidence of a CIA plot during Donald Trump's presidency to kidnap or assassinate him during his years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
  • A Spanish court is separately investigating allegations that a security firm based in Spain spied on Assange during his years in the embassy.
  • Ed Fitzgerald KC, Assange's lawyer, told the court US assurances of fair treatment couldn't be trusted and his client could be sentenced in a grossly unfair and disproportionate way if extradited
  • Another of Assange's lawyers, Mark Summers KC, said a vast number of journalists have leaked classified US information without prosecution, and asked why Assange would be different
  • A former US government official told the BBC Assange's actions were reflective of an activist and risked the lives of informants in Iraq and Afghanistan who were passing information to US forces on terrorist groups
  • Protesters, journalists and prominent politicians - including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - were at the High Court earlier to show their support for Assange

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-68344106

 

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On Tuesday, the final appeal for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to avoid extradition to the United States began. Days earlier, his wife and lawyer, Stellar Assange, warned that if the journalist is not released soon, the stress of the case and his confinement could kill him, adding that he “will die” if extradited to the US.

“His health is in decline, mentally and physically. His life is at risk every single day he stays in prison, and if he’s extradited, he will die,” Stellar Assange said at a media briefing in London.

Julian Assange, an Australian national, could face up to 175 years in prison if extradited to the United States on espionage charges.

But the US has no plans for Assange to stand trial in the United States, Dan Kovalik, a professor, human rights lawyer and peace activist told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Tuesday.

 

 

“If [Julian Assange] is sent to the US, they’re just going to delay the trial as long as they can so that they can guarantee that he’ll die in jail,” Kovalik explained. “That’s always been the plan.”

 

Kovalik noted that there is documented evidence that the CIA plotted to kill Julian Assange in 2017 which revealed their intentions. “Here’s a guy, even if you believe everything is true that they’re charging him with, he is not charged with any violent crime. There’s no reason for him to be in jail while he awaits extradition… They’re holding him so that he’ll die,” Kovalik said.

The US government would like to avoid an actual trial with Assange, Kobalik contended, because their misdeeds would come to light. “[Defense lawyers] could call a former secretary of state [or] a former secretary of defense. It would be a circus and it would not go well for the United States.”

 

 

“People would be called from the US government, present and past, to talk about their crimes, to talk about the war crimes, the things that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have exposed. So they don't want any part of that,” Kovalik predicted.

 

Co-host Wilmer Leon mentioned the seeming lack of support in US media for Assange, even as WikiLeaks’ revelations are reported on by those media outlets. Pointing to a Washington Post article that included the passage “US prosecutors want him to stand trial. They allege he violated the Espionage Act when he conspired to obtain thousands of classified documents related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“Well, if he has conspired to obtain, then what does The Washington Post do? What does The New York Times do? What do most mainstream media outlets do as they gather information for their stories?” Leon asked.

 

“They even gathered [information] from WikiLeaks,” Kovalik replied. “The New York Times, The Washington Post…. And those papers haven't stood by Julian Assange when they've used his materials for their own stories. It's just a disgrace.

https://sputnikglobe.com/20240222/us-always-planned-for-assange-to-die-in-prison-1116910930.html

 

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