This thread will be for facts and updates about Multi-Award Winning Journalist Julian Assange.
Julian Assange is a Multi-Award Winning Journalists facing up to 175 years in prison for publishing information in the interest of the public.
If Julian Assange is Extradited to the US and charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 it will set a dangerous precedent for journalists around the world. Currently the plan (according to leaked documents) is to use process to punish him for years/decades, even if they have not convicted him of anything. This plan continues.
The 18 charges against Assange, filed in Virginia last year, are:
Count 1: Conspiracy to receive national defense information
Counts 2-4: Obtaining National Defense Information
Counts 5-8: Obtaining National Defense Information
Counts 9-11: Disclosure of National Defense Information
Counts 12-14: Disclosure of National Defense Information
Counts 15-17: Disclosure of National Defense Information
Count 18: Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion (Hacking)
Julian Assange is currently in Belmarsh Prison because he was put on remand by UK Westminster Court on 11 of October, 2019 to await a decision on whether or not he should be extradited to the US.
His extradition case is postponed and his hearings will resume on the 7th of September, 2020.
‘It’s going to take some negotiation to find a Crown Court that is open in September, in the current climate, and willing and available to take this hearing,’ judge Baraitser said in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
His hearings may resume outside of London.
Doctors for Assange: The ongoing torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange
On Feb 17, 2020, Doctors for Assange demanded an end to the torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange. Yet no responsible authority has acted. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and two medical experts visited Mr Assange in prison in May, 2019, concluding that his treatment constituted psychological torture, a form of torture aimed at destroying the personality of an individual.
The situation has deteriorated since then, with continued abuses of Mr Assange’s fundamental rights and the medical risks posed by COVID-19.
The hearing on September 7 is expected to be at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), Judge Baraitser says.
Julian Assange’s next US Extradition Administrative Hearing is 27/07/20 at 10 AM at the Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
His hearings have been postponed due to a COVID-19 scare in the courtroom. They are scheduled to start again Monday September 14.
Tomorrow, 4 January 2021, 10 am – 11 am GMT, Julian Assange will find out if he will be extradited to the US.
His case is unique because this is the first time in US history that a journalist is facing charges under the Espionage Act for publishing information in the interest of the public.
If he is extradited, he will face up to 175 years in prison.
Observers have been denied access.