US WINS right to challenge case Julian Assange shouldn't be extradited

Julian Assange’s fiancee breaks down as she makes emotional plea to ‘end this nightmareafter the US government won latest round in bid to extradite Wikileaks founder

  • Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled in January not to extradite the WikiLeaks founder
  • Lord Justice Holroyd and Mrs Justice Farbey grant challenge to her decision
  • Julian Assange logged into High Court hearing from Belmarsh Prison, Londra
  • Stella Moris – with whom he shares two young sonswatched the proceedings
  • US lawyers argued that psychiatrist who assessed him had ‘misled’ la Corte
  • Prof Michael Kopelman accused of withholding info about Assange’s children
  • Julian Assange’s fiancee made an emotional plea to ‘end this nightmareafter the US government was today authorised to expand its appeal against a judge’s decision not to extradite the Wikileads founder to America.

    The US’s legal team told senior British judges that Assange, 50, who was watching from HMP Belmarsh, is not ‘so illthat he would be unable to resist killing himself if he was extradited to America for trial over the leaking of thousands of classified US intelligence documents.

    Assange had two children with Stella Moris, who was at the High Court today backed by dozens of supporters, including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who told the crowd that the US government should ‘wind their necks in’.

    Stella and Julian had Gabriel, 3, and Max, uno, while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, keeping their relationship and family a secret from the outside world until last September.

    A tearful Ms Morris, speaking after the ruling, pleaded for an ‘end to this nightmareand explained the fears she has for her and her family.

    Lei disse: ‘What has not been discussed today, is why I feared for my safety and the safety of our children and Julian’s life.

    ‘The constant threats and intimidation we endured for years, which has been terrorising us and has been terrorising Julian for 10 anni.’

    Julian Assange (sinistra) appearing by video link at the High Court in London where the  US Government won the right to widen its appeal against the decision to extradite him

    Julian Assange (sinistra) appearing by video link at the High Court in London where the US Government won the right to widen its appeal against the decision to extradite him

    A tearful Stella Moris, the mother of Assange’s two secret children, speaks to the media and supporters at the High Court in London today after the USappeal against his extradition moved forward

    Stella and Julian had Gabriel, 3, and Max, uno, while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, keeping their relationship and family a secret from the outside world until last September

    Stella and Julian had Gabriel, 3, and Max, uno, while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, keeping their relationship and family a secret from the outside world until last September

    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joins Assange supporters outside as the High Court before addressing the crowd

    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joins Assange supporters outside as the High Court before addressing the crowd

    Supporters of Julian Assange protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice as the preliminary hearing on the United States government's appeal began

    Supporters of Julian Assange protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice as the preliminary hearing on the United States government’s appeal began

    Ms Morris continued: ‘We have a right to live, we have a right to exist and we have a right for this nightmare to come to an end once and for all.

    At the heart of the row is London-based psychiatric expert Professor Michael Kopelman, whose evidence was central to the judge’s finding that Assange would be at risk of suicide in an American prison.

    But today the US argued that Professor Kopelman’s assessment should have been ‘excluded or given little weightbecause he allegedly knew of Assange’s two secret children when he made his first mental health assessmentbut withheld the information.

    Clair Dobbin QC said today: ‘Experts aren’t allowed to mislead the court for any reason, let alone apparentlyto protect the privacy of Mr Assange’s family.

    ‘We say that ought to have been of real concern to the court and it ought to have come to a much more exacting analysis of Professor Kopelman’s evidence.








    The US prosecution team insists he ‘misledJudge Vanessa Baraitser who then relied on it in her judgment where in January not to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to face espionage charges.

    At the heart of the row is London-based psychiatric expert Professor Michael Kopelman, whose evidence was central to the judge's finding that Assange would be at risk of suicide in an American prison

    At the heart of the row is London-based psychiatric expert Professor Michael Kopelman, whose evidence was central to the judge’s finding that Assange would be at risk of suicide in an American prison

    And this afternoon Lord Justice Holroyde, sitting with Mrs Justice Farbey, granted the US permission to challenge Judge Varaitser’s decision. The full appeal will be heard in October.

    He said it was ‘very unusualfor an appeal court to have to consider evidence of an expert, which has been accepted by a lower court, who has been found to have misled the court.

    The judge said it is ‘at least arguablethat the judge erred in basing her conclusions on the professor’s evidence in those circumstances.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘Given the importance to the administration of justice of a court being able to reply on the impartiality of an expert witness, it is in my view arguable that more detailed and critical consideration should have been given to why (the professor’s) ‘understandable human responsegave rise to a misleading report.

    Both sides will now prepare for the full appeal, which will be heard in person on October 27 e 28.

    If Assange is extradited, the US has said it would consent to him being transferred to Australia to serve any prison sentence he may be given.

    Outside the court, Il partner di Assange, Stella Moris, described him as aninnocent man accused of practicing journalism.

    For every day that this colossal injustice is allowed to continue, Julian’s situation grows increasingly desperate,” Moris, who has two young children with Assange, told his supporters and reporters.

    Julian has been denied the love and affection of his family for so long. Julian and the kids will never get this time back. This shouldn’t be happening,” lei ha aggiunto.

    Assange, 50, is wanted in America on allegations of a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeakspublication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

    però, after a multi-week extradition hearing last year, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that Assange should not be sent to the US, citing a real risk of suicide.

    Outside protesters pressed on with their demonstration in support of Assange. By the afternoon a crowd, who had begun their protest at 9am, was still outside the High Court shouting its support and calling for Assange to be freed.

    They held banners which read ‘journalism is not a crimeand ‘no extradition’. They had also tied yellow ribbons and a torn union flag with the words ‘truth on trialwritten on it to the railings at the front of the court building.

    The US government was previously allowed to appeal against her decision on certain grounds, which Assange’s legal team described as ‘narrowand ‘technical’.

    Assange, 49, faced an 18-count indictment, alleging a plot to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information

    Assange, 49, faced an 18-count indictment, alleging a plot to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information

    Stella Moris, the mother of Julian Assange's secret children, Max and Gabriel (nella foto a sinistra ea destra) this weekend said Britain 'would no longer be a haven for free speech' if he was extradited

    Stella Moris, the mother of Julian Assange’s secret children, Max and Gabriel (nella foto a sinistra ea destra) this weekend said Britain ‘would no longer be a haven for free speechif he was extradited

    Di mercoledì, the US made a bid at the High Court to expand the basis that can be used for its main appeal against the district judge’s decision.

    Dozens of Assange supporters, including his partner Stella Moris, gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice ahead of the hearing, chanting and waving signs.

    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was also seen outside the central London building, telling supporters that the US government should ‘wind their necks inand allow Assange to go free.

    Julian Assange will NOT be held in a supermax jail if he’s extradited, US assures UK

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not be held in supermax prison conditions if he is allowed to be extradited to the United States, American officials have assured British authorities.

    American officials have made the compromise in the hopes of finally ending the lengthy battle to put Assange, 50, on trial for espionage charges in the United States, il giornale di Wall Street reported last month.

    If Assange is convicted in an American court, NOI. officials have also said the Australian would be allowed to serve jail time in his home country, l'outlet segnalato.

    The revelations were made in a court ruling provided by the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service obtained by the outlet.

    Assange has been in London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison since he was arrested in April 2019 for skipping bail seven years earlier during a separate legal battle.

    He had spent seven years holed up inside Ecuador’s London embassy, where he fled in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

    La Svezia ha chiuso le indagini sui crimini sessuali a novembre 2019 perché tanto tempo era trascorso.

    NOI. i pubblici ministeri hanno incriminato Assange su 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks´ publication of thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents.

    Le accuse comportano una pena massima di 175 anni di prigione.

    The prosecutors say Assange unlawfully helped U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal classified diplomatic cables and military files that WikiLeaks later published.

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    Assange appeared at the hearing via video-link from Belmarsh Prison, wearing a dark face covering and a white shirt, with what appeared to be an untied burgundy tie draped around his neck.

    Nella sua sentenza, Judge Baraitser found that ‘the procedures described by the US will not prevent Mr Assange from finding a way to commit suicideif he was extradited.

    Clair Dobbin QC, for the US, argued there is a ‘need for anxious scrutinyof Assange’s reported mental health.

    The barrister said part of the US government’s appeal will focus on the requirement in law that an individual must be ‘so illthat they are unable to resist suicide for a decision to be taken not to prosecuteor in Assange’s case, extradite – loro.

    Ha detto alla corte: ‘It really requires a mental illness of a type that the ability to resist suicide has been lost.

    ‘Part of the appeal will be that Mr Assange did not have a mental illness that came close to being of that nature and degree.

    In the US government’s written argument, ha continuato: ‘He has not made the sort of serious attempt on his life or have the history of serious self-harm seen in other cases.

    ‘He has never previously suffered from the sort of mental health condition that deprived him of the ability to make rational choices.

    Ms Dobbin also told the court that the need for scrutiny is ‘substantially increasedgiven the backgroundincluding the ‘extraordinary lengthsAssange has already gone to in order to avoid extradition.

    ‘He was willing to break the law and no cost was too great, both in terms of the cost of policing his being in the embassy and of course the cost to himself,’ lei disse.

    In the US government’s written case, Ms Dobbin said that £16 million of taxpayersmoney had been spent to ‘ensure that, when Mr Assange did leave the embassy, he was brought to justice’.

    The US authorities have also claimed that evidence from Assange’s psychiatric expert, Professor Michael Kopelman, should have been dismissed or had less weight attributed to it.

    Ms Dobbin argued that the expert misled Judge Baraitser during the original extradition proceedings by ‘concealingthe fact that Assange had fathered two children during his time in the embassy until March 2020, when he ‘chose to deploy that information in support of his bail application’.

    Nella sua sentenza, Judge Baraitser also said there was a ‘real riskAssange would be locked up at the Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, if convicted, which would lead to his mental health deteriorating.

    Huge crowds gather in London to  support Assange. At previous there have been arrests as crowds became agitated and clashed with police

    Huge crowds gather in London to support Assange. At previous there have been arrests as crowds became agitated and clashed with police

    Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice during the U.S. government appeal

    Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice during the U.S. government appeal

    Supporters encouraged drivers to beep their horns in support of the WikiLeaks founder

    Supporters encouraged drivers to beep their horns in support of the WikiLeaks founder

    però, the US has said it would consent to Assange being transferred to Australia to serve any prison sentence he may be given.

    Edward Fitzgerald QC, representing Assange, told the court that Judge Baraitser, having heard all of the evidence in the case, was in the best position to assess it and reach her decision.

    He said Professor Kopelman’s report, in which he did not reveal the true nature of Assange’s relationship with Ms Moris, was given long before any court hearing and against a background of concern for the ‘human predicamentin which Ms Moris found herself at the time.

    The barrister said this included fears for her safety and that of the couple’s two children, after a surveillance organisation had taken DNA from their baby’s nappy, then turned its attention to Ms Moris and plotted to kidnap or poison Assange.

    Mr Fitzgerald said: ‘The district judge was right to find that she had not in fact been misled, and that it was an understandable response to Ms Moris’s predicament.

    ‘The court had become aware of the true position in April 2020.

    Sequenza temporale: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s long legal battle

    2006

    Assange crea Wikileaks con un gruppo di attivisti ed esperti IT che la pensano allo stesso modo per fornire un modo sicuro agli informatori per divulgare informazioni. Diventa rapidamente la sua polena e un parafulmine per le critiche.

    2010

    marzo: NOI. le autorità sostengono che Assange sia coinvolto in una cospirazione per hackerare un U.S . classificato. computer del governo con l'ex analista dell'intelligence dell'esercito Chelsea Manning.

    luglio: Wikileaks inizia a rilasciare decine di migliaia di documenti top secret, incluso un video degli Stati Uniti. piloti di elicotteri che sparano 12 civili a Baghdad in 2007. Quello che seguì fu il rilascio di più di 90,000 file classificati militari statunitensi dalla guerra in Afghanistan e 400,000 dall'Iraq che includeva i nomi degli informatori.

    agosto: Due donne svedesi affermano di aver avuto rapporti sessuali consensuali con Assange in casi separati durante un viaggio di 10 giorni a Stoccolma. Affermano che il sesso è diventato non consensuale quando Assange ha rifiutato di indossare il preservativo.

    La prima donna afferma che Assange si trovava nel suo appartamento a Stoccolma quando le ha strappato i vestiti. Ha detto alla polizia che quando si è resa conto che Assange stava cercando di avere rapporti sessuali non protetti con lei, gli ha chiesto di usare un preservativo. Dice che ha strappato il preservativo prima di fare sesso.

    La seconda donna svedese afferma di aver fatto sesso con Assange nel suo appartamento a Stoccolma e di avergli fatto indossare un preservativo. Sostiene che in seguito si è svegliata per trovare Assange che faceva sesso non protetto con lei.

    È stato interrogato dalla polizia a Stoccolma e ha negato le accuse. Ad Assange è stato concesso il permesso dalle autorità svedesi di tornare nel Regno Unito.

    novembre: Un tribunale svedese ha stabilito che le indagini dovrebbero essere riaperte e Assange dovrebbe essere trattenuto per essere interrogato con l'accusa di stupro, molestie sessuali e coercizione illegale. Un mandato di cattura internazionale viene emesso dalla polizia svedese attraverso l'Interpol.

    Wikileaks rilascia la sua cache di più di 250,000 NOI. cavi diplomatici.

    dicembre: Assange si presenta alla polizia di Londra e compare in un'udienza per l'estradizione in cui è detenuto in custodia cautelare. Assange ottiene la cauzione condizionale dall'Alta Corte di Londra dopo che i suoi sostenitori hanno pagato £ 240.000 in contanti e fideiussioni.

    2011

    febbraio: Un giudice britannico ha stabilito che Assange dovrebbe essere estradato in Svezia, ma Wikileaks ha trovato i voti per combattere la decisione.

    aprile: Una cache di classificati degli Stati Uniti. documenti militari sono rilasciati da Wikileaks, comprese le valutazioni di intelligence su quasi tutti i 779 persone detenute nel carcere di Guantanamo Bay a Cuba.

    novembre: Assange perde l'appello dell'Alta Corte contro la decisione di estradarlo.

    2012

    giugno: Assange entra nell'ambasciata ecuadoriana a Londra chiedendo asilo politico.

    agosto: Assange ottiene asilo politico dall'Ecuador.

    2013

    giugno: Assange dice a un gruppo di giornalisti che non lascerà l'ambasciata anche se le accuse di sesso contro di lui vengono ritirate per paura che venga estradato negli Stati Uniti.

    2015

    agosto: I pubblici ministeri svedesi abbandonano le indagini su alcune delle accuse di sesso contro Assange a causa di restrizioni di tempo. L'inchiesta sul sospetto stupro resta attiva.

    2016

    luglio: Wikileaks inizia a diffondere e-mail negli Stati Uniti. Funzionari del Partito Democratico a favore di Hillary Clinton.

    novembre: Assange è interrogato sull'accusa di sesso all'ambasciata ecuadoriana alla presenza del vice procuratore svedese Ingrid Isgren e dell'ispettore di polizia Cecilia Redell. L'intervista dura due giorni.

    2017

    gennaio: Barack Obama accetta di liberare dal carcere l'informatore Chelsea Manning. Il suo rilascio in attesa fa pensare che Assange metterà fine al suo esilio autoimposto dopo che Wikileaks ha twittato che sarebbe d'accordo con gli Stati Uniti. estradizione.

    aprile: Lenin Moreno diventa il nuovo presidente dell'Ecuador che era noto per voler migliorare le relazioni diplomatiche tra il suo paese e gli Stati Uniti.

    Maggio: Un'indagine su un'accusa di sesso contro Assange viene improvvisamente archiviata dai pubblici ministeri svedesi.

    2018

    gennaio: L'Ecuador conferma di aver concesso la cittadinanza ad Assange su sua richiesta.

    febbraio: Assange riceve la visita di Pamela Anderson e del premio Nobel per la pace Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

    marzo: L'ambasciata ecuadoriana sospende l'accesso a Internet di Assange perché non ha rispettato la promessa fatta l'anno precedente di "non inviare messaggi che comportassero interferenze in relazione ad altri stati".

    agosto: NOI. La commissione del Senato chiede di intervistare Assange come parte della loro indagine sulla presunta interferenza russa nel in 2016 elezione.

    settembre: Assange si dimette da editore di WikiLeaks.

    ottobre: Assange rivela che avvierà un'azione legale contro il governo dell'Ecuador, accusandolo di violare i suoi "diritti e libertà fondamentali".

    novembre: NOI. Il Dipartimento di Giustizia nomina inavvertitamente Assange in un documento del tribunale in cui si afferma che è stato accusato in segreto.

    2019

    gennaio: Gli avvocati di Assange affermano che stanno agendo per far sì che l'amministrazione del presidente Trump riveli le accuse "segretamente archiviate"’ contro di lui.

    aprile 6: WikiLeaks twitta che una fonte ecuadoriana di alto livello ha detto loro che Assange sarà espulso dall'ambasciata entro "ore o giorni". Ma un alto funzionario ecuadoriano afferma che non è stata presa alcuna decisione per rimuoverlo dall'edificio londinese.

    aprile 11: Ad Assange viene revocato il suo asilo diplomatico dall'Ecuador e viene arrestato dalla Polizia metropolitana; è detenuto in custodia cautelare da un giudice della Westminster Magistrates Court.

    aprile 12: Viene riconosciuto colpevole di aver violato i termini della cauzione.

    Maggio 1: Condannato a 11 mesi in prigione.

    Maggio 2: L'udienza in tribunale si svolge sulla proposta di estradizione di Assange negli Stati Uniti. Dice a un tribunale che non acconsente all'estradizione e il caso è aggiornato a maggio 30.

    Maggio 13: I pubblici ministeri svedesi riaprono il caso di stupro dicendo che vogliono ancora interrogare Assange.

    giugno 3: Il tribunale svedese vieta la detenzione in contumacia, rinviare il caso di estradizione.

    giugno 12 Il ministro degli Interni Sajid Javid firma una richiesta di estradizione dagli Stati Uniti.

    giugno 13 Un'udienza stabilisce la data per l'udienza di estradizione totale di Assange – febbraio del prossimo anno.

    novembre I pubblici ministeri svedesi fermano le indagini su un'accusa di stupro contro Assange

    novembre 25 – I medici dicono che senza cure mediche corrette Assange "potrebbe morire"’ a Belmarsh

    dicembre 13 – L'udienza a Londra sente che gli è stato impedito di vedere le prove chiave nel caso

    dicembre 19 Appears at Westminster Magistrates Court via video-link where his lawyer claims US bid to extradite him is ‘political’.

    2020

    febbraio 24Assange affronta un'udienza per l'estradizione al Woolwich Crown Court.

    I rappresentanti di Assange sostengono che non può essere legalmente consegnato agli Stati Uniti per "reati politici"’ a causa di un 2003 trattato di estradizione.

    marzo 2 Assange appears by video link at Westminster Magistrates Court, dove gli viene rifiutata la cauzione in mezzo alla crisi del coronavirus.

    aprile 11 – Stella Moris, Il partner di Assange, che ha dato alla luce i suoi due figli mentre viveva all'interno dell'ambasciata ecuadoriana, emette un appello per il suo rilascio tra timori per la sua salute.

    giugno 24 – Il Dipartimento di Giustizia degli Stati Uniti emette un atto d'accusa aggiornato di 18 conteggi, sul presunto ruolo di Assange in "uno dei più grandi compromessi di informazioni classificate nella storia degli Stati Uniti".

    agosto 25 – La signora Moris fa visita al suo compagno nella prigione di Belmarsh per la prima volta in quasi sei mesi.

    settembre 7 – Riprendono le udienze per l'estradizione di Assange all'Old Bailey. Dovrebbero andare avanti per un massimo di quattro settimane.

    ottobre 1 – Il giudice Vanessa Baraitser ha aggiornato il caso all'Old Bailey fino a gennaio 4.

    gennaio 4 – Il giudice Baraitser respinge la richiesta di estradizione degli Stati Uniti.

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