Journalist John Pilger examines the latest arguments presented by the US in its bid to extradite Julian Assange, and the continuing persecution of the whistleblower and his partner Stella Moris
The new and expanded appeal will have prosecutors representing the United States challenge medical assessments by an expert witness that were the grounds to deny extradition of the Wikileaks founder
Two judges agreed to grant the U.S. authorities permission to expand their grounds of appealing the decision to block the extradition on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said judge Vanessa Baraitser erred in determining what could be “oppressive conditions” in case Assange is extradited. They claimed she did not give the US enough opportunity to give “assurances” over her concerns about harsh prison conditions
Assange is being indicted in the US under the infamous Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He faces a total 18 federal criminal charges, including espionage and cybercrimes, which together carry a maximum sentence of 175 years.
Demonstrations and vigils are being held across the world demanding freedom for Julian Assange who continues to be in jail as US authorities challenge the rejection of their extradition plea
Renata Avila talks about the verdict in the Julian Assange extradition trial. She says that while it was historic in being the first positive verdict from UK courts in 10 years, the implications for journalism are dangerous due to the statements the judge made
Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused the plea to extradite WikiLeaks founder to the US on the grounds that there was a high chance of his committing suicide due to the brutal prison conditions there. She accepted most of the other contentions of the prosecution
Solidarity actions will be taken around the world by anti-imperialist groups to demand an “end to the inhuman conditions” on International Human Rights Day
Organizations and militants across the world are writing to the UK government with the demand to free Julian Assange who has been lodged in Belmarsh prison for months
According to Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18
The trial concluded after 18 days of extensive submissions from experts and witnesses over a range of aspects concerning the persecution of Wikileaks in the US