Assange Trial Highlights How US Govt is Likely Deceiving British Court to Win Extradition
"Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, also known as Abu Hamza, was accused of terrorism offences and extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2012. His extradition was permitted by the European Court of Human Rights and the British courts because the US government assured them Mostafa would not be confined at a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado for a 'lengthy indefinite period.'
Yet for the last five years, Mostafa has been housed at ADX Florence in solitary confinement and subject to special administrative measures (SAMS). Mostafa's attorney Lindsay Lewis maintains the US government misled the courts in order to make it seem like he would not be subject to cruel and inhuman treatment [torture] if extradited.
Lewis testified at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition trial on September 29 and told the British magistrate's court 'the unreliable nature of the US government's assurances' should be a concern for the court and Britgish authorities in 'determining whether to extradite' Assange to the US. Assange was charged by the US Justice Department with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiring to commit a computer intrusion that, as alleged in the indictment, is written like an Espionage offense.
The charges criminalize the act of merely receiving classified information, as well as the publication of state secrets from the US government. It targets common practices in newsgathering, which is why the case is widely opposed by press freedom organizations throughout the world...
And probably for the same reasons why this presently goes unreported by the Canadian media here at home. Why not ask them why?