Assange attorney joins Bin Salman’s defence team
The attorney of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has joined the legal defence team of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, Anadolu reported on Tuesday. Bin Salman is involved in two cases before the US courts related to human rights violations and the killing and attempted killing of dissidents.Barry J Pollack will join a team including Michael Kellogg, who defended Saudi Arabia for 20 years from lawsuits by the families of 9/11 victims, and Mitchell Berger, who defended the largest Saudi bank over allegations that it supported Al-Qaeda.The defence team will represent Bin Salman in cases de...
The Middle East Monitor
George Monbiot’s Excuses for Not Speaking out Loudly in Defense of Assange Simply Won’t Wash
Faced with a barrage of criticism from some of his followers, George Monbiot, the Guardian’s supposedly fearless, leftwing columnist, offered up two extraordinarily feeble excuses this week for failing to provide more than cursory support for Julian Assange over the past month, as the Wikileaks founder has endured extradition hearings in a London courtroom.The Trump administration wants Assange brought to the United States to face espionage charges that could see him locked away in a super-max prison on “special administrative measures”, unable to have meaningful contact with any other human b...
The Palestine Chronicle
Assange kidnap plot alleged in London courtroom
By EARLE GALE in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-10-02 17:58The United States considered kidnapping WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he sought sanctuary there, according to explosive testimony given during an extradition hearing in the United Kingdom.The claim made in a written statement by a former employee of a Spanish security company alleges the US also considered assassinating Assange, who, in his role with WikiLeaks, made public thousands of classified US documents.The employee, who was allowed to testify anonymously, claimed US ...
The US is using the Guardian to Justify Jailing Assange for Life. Why is the Paper so Silent?
Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis of claims by Donald Trump’s administration that his exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan amounts to “espionage”.The charges against Assange rewrite the meaning of “espionage” in unmistakably dangerous ways. Publishing evidence of state crimes, as Assange’s Wikileaks organization has done, is covered by...
The Palestine Chronicle
Assange 'may commit suicide' if extradited to the US
Julian Assange is very likely to attempt to attempt to kill himself if he is sent to the United States to face espionage charges, a psychiatric expert said Tuesday at an extradition hearing for the WikiLeaks founder.Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, said Assange has a history of depression and there is a “very high” risk of suicide if the US extradition attempt succeeds.“It’s the imminence of extradition and/or an actual extradition that will trigger the attempt, in my opinion,” Kopelman said during testimony as a witness for Assange at London’s ...
Assange extradition hearing resumes in London
LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returned to court in London on Monday for a hearing to decide whether he should be extradited to the United States for leaking secrets about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Supporters protested as the 49-year-old Australian was brought to the Old Bailey, brandishing placards reading “Don’t Extradite Assange” and “Stop this political trial”.Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood said the former hacker was “shining the light on all the corruption in the world” while his father told the crowd the hearing was an “abuse trial.”Earlier, Assange’s partner, Stell...
The Bangkok Post
Julian Assange supporters rally to defeat extradition to United States
Free Julian Assange graffiti in London March 2020 – Photo courtesy Flickr user Duncan C (CC BY-NC 2.0)Time is fast running out to get justice for Julian Assange. The court hearing for his extradition to the United States continues in earnest on 7 September 2020 in the United Kingdom. The ongoing campaign to free the Wikileaks founder has ramped up in recent weeks.Wikileaks was launched in 2006. It has published leaked and classified information from the U.S. government and other sources. Major instances include the Afghanistan and Iraq War Logs, and Cablegate. Assange collaborated with US Army...
Julian Assange Faces New Indictment In U.S. For Hiring Hackers
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now facing a new indictment in the United States for attempting to hire hackers to obtain classified information at conferences in the Netherlands and Malaysia in 2009 for publication for a listed posted on WikiLeaks titled “Most Wanted Leaks.”According to the indictment released by the United States Justice Department on Wednesday, Assange was working with hacking groups such as LulzSec and Anonymous as well as a 17 year-old hacker who gave him information from a bank. This information included audio recordings form high ranking government officials. Assang...
US Justice Department strengthens charges against Wikileaks' Assange
Washington (AFP) - The US Department of Justice strengthened its case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday in an indictment laying out new evidence that he recruited hackers and conspired to commit computer intrusions.Assange already faces 18 criminal charges in the US and the latest indictment does not add to that number, but instead augments existing charges.The department's updated indictment alleges that Assange conspired with individuals from the LulzSec and Anonymous hacker groups, among other accusations.It also alleges that he gained "unauthorized access to a governmen...
Assange extradition case to be held in September: supporters
London (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will take place on September 7, supporters said on Wednesday, after a delay in proceedings because of the coronavirus outbreak.Assange had been due to return to court next Monday for the three-week trial but the date was dropped because the COVID-19 epidemic had prevented him from meeting his lawyers in prison.The Don't Extradite Assange campaign group said no location had been agreed, as Woolwich Crown Court, which is attached to the high security prison where he is being held, was unavailable.Assange is fighting extraditio...