Your man in the public gallery: Assange hearing day 1

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Your man in the public gallery: Assange hearing day 1

Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery - Assange Hearing Day 1



"...When inquiring about facilities for the public to attend the hearing, an Assange activist was told by a member of court staff that we should realise that Woolwich is a 'counter-terrorism court.' That is true de facto, but in truth a 'counter-terrorism court' is an institution unknown to the UK constitution. Indeed, if a single day at Woolwich Crown Court does not convince you the existence of liberal democracy is now a lie, then your mind must be very closed indeed..."

But of course Julian Assange is 'a rapist' who 'worked for Putin' to 'elect Trump and make Hillary lose,' so obviously deserves everything he gets, according to many Canadian 'progressives' who have read their Guardian etc and so are quite up  on it all...




Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery - Assange Hearing Day 2

"This afternoon Julian's Spanish lawyer, Balthasar Garzon, left court to return to Madrid. On the way out he naturally stopped to shake hands with his client, proferring his fingers through the narrow slit in the bulletproof glass cage. Assange half stood to take his lawyer's hand. The two security guards in the cage with Assange immediately sprang up, putting hands on Julian and forcing him to sit down, preventing the handshake.

That was not by any means the worst thing today, but it is a striking image of the senseless brute force continually used against a man accused of publishing documents. That a man cannot even shake his lawyer's hand goodbye is against the entire spirit in which the members of the legal system like to pretend the law is practiced. I offer that startling moment as encapsulating yesterday's events in court..."


Nozome Hayase: Assange's Extradition Hearing Reveals Trump's War on Free Press is Targeting WikiLeaks Publisher

"...From the US government spying on the embassy, to the alleged extortion, Julian Assange's lawyer argued this extradition case is not about criminal justice, it's about the manipulation of the system to ensure United States could make an example of Assange..."


The Show Trial of Julian Assange Begins

"The first day of the British court hearing yesterday to determine if WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will be extradited to the US left no doubt that what is taking place is a legal travesty that threatens both Assange's life and fundamental democratic rights. The Trump administration's application to render Assange to the US should have been thrown out within minutes, due to British laws that deny the extradition of individuals to face politically motivated charges.

Assange has been charged with multiple counts of espionage over WikiLeaks publication in 2010 and 2011 of leaked information that revealed US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies. A more blatantly politically motivated case could not be imagined than a state seeking to prosecute those who exposed its criminality..."



"If you're a reporter and following the Assange Espionage Act extradition case - and you should be, since its possibly the biggest press freedoms case in a generation - it's worth reading this thread on the defense's first arguments, which really blow a hole in the government' case."


Debunking All The Assange Smears

"Added a bunch of new links and updates to this resource for the Assange trial to help people debate the smears."


"As Julian Assange's extradition hearing begins, it's a good time to ask: Are whistleblowers good guys or bad guys? Patriots or traitors? It all depends on who they embarrass." (and vid)


Your Man in the Public Gallery - The Assange Hearing - Day 3

"In yesterday's proceedings in court the prosecution adopted arguments so stark and apparently unreasonable I have been fretting on how to write them up in a way that does not seem like caricature or unfair exaggeration on my part. What has been happening in this court has long moved beyond caricature. All I can do is give you my personal assurance that what I recount actually is what happened..."


Your Man in the Public Gallery - Assange Hearing, Day 4

"...The USA claims universal jurisdiction. Assange is being charged with crimes of publishing committed while he was outside the USA. The USA claims the right to charge anyone of any nationality, anywhere in the world, who harms US interests..."


Kevin Gosztola: Thread for Day 4 Updates

"Judge refuses request to allow Assange to sit with his attorneys during proceedings..."


CrossTalk: Re Assange

"In London, Julian Assange is in court to decide whether he will be extradited to the US to face espionage charges. The stakes could not be higher. Assange's liberty, even life, is on the line. Freedom of speech is also on trial - though you wouldn't know that from the mainstream media."


The Assange Story (doco) - From Whistleblowing Hero to Exile

"The US wish to get its hands on the WikiLeaks founder in what the UN Special Rapporteur called 'the collective persecution' by a group of 'democratic' states. Through WikiLeaks, Julian Assange published a trove of classified documents on the power elite, including war crimes."


'Julian Assange is Being Prosecuted For Exposing Human Rights Abuses' - UN Rapporteur Nils Melzer


Free Julian Assange: Imperialism on Trial

"Join George Galloway, Neil Clark, Mike Barson, Joti Brar, Joe Lauria, Peter Lavelle, Alexander Mercouris, Eva Bartlett and Craig Murray as they share their expertise on imperialism in general and on the Julian Assange case in particular."


Inside the Assange Courtroom (and vid)

"Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Kevin Gosztola about the trial of Julian Assange. Gosztola was in the courtroom."


More 'Bombshells' From Assange Lawyers. Extradition Case Exposed as Seriously Flawed

"A serious flaw in the US extradition case against Julian Assange has been exposed by lawyers representing the WikiLeaks founder. Consequently the defence has called for the extradition to be denied..."


CBC coverage of Julien Assange case is abysmal.  There has not been a story on their site since Feb 24th.   However we got 2 stories about the time Bernie Sanders was considering quitting politics, and the "Dirtbag Left", and a headline story today about Biden's big Super Tuesday in the international section.   Thanks for bringing this info here, NDPP.


You're welcome. There seems to be a sort of unofficial 'omerta' about msm reporting on it here. Unlike when the smear and disinformation campaign was in full swing, then they reported all of that. I've sent a few emails to journos asking why they're not reporting it. Others may wish to do the same. Given that there are such important free speech implications Rabble should be covering it as well, but doesn't.


May 18, 2020: Shutdown The Show Trial!

"Thank you for sharing our pain this week at seeing Julian being mistreated by UK's Belmarsh Prison. Thank you for sharing our outrage that he was denied a fair hearing in their US showtrial. Thank you for standing up for him." --  Christine Assange


How Swedish Authorities Invented the Rape Charge Against Julian Assange

"Thanks to the investigative work and perseverence of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, the truth is gradually being revealed..."


Assange is Being Treated Like Top Terrorist - Sevim Dagdelen, Bundestag Member (and vid)

"We speak to Left party member of the German Bundestag Sevim Dagdelen after she witnessed Julian Assange's extradition trial. The bias of the judges, and WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson being temporarily banned from viewing the proceedings. She also invited Keir Starmer to witness the extradition trial."


International Bar Association Chair Compares UK Abuse of Assange to Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal

"The quote attached is an update from Davey Heller's petition 'Allow Julian Assange To Prepare His Defence - Move Him Out of Belmarsh Prison NOW!' I encourage you to also sign Davey Heller's petition. On March 10, the International Bar Association condemned the abuse of Julian Assange in the strongest terms The Association is the global voice of the legal profession with a membership of over 80,000 individual international lawyers and 190 bar associations and law societies from more than 170 countries.

The Co-Chair of the IBAHRI, Michael Kirby, who significantly is also a former Australian High Court Judge, bluntly stated Assange was not only being denied the right to a fair trial but was being subjected to treatment that constituted torture..."

Sign the Petitions. Stop this Outrageous Crooked Show Trial. Break the Western Media Silence. Free Julian Assange!