Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

16 January 2020 — Off Guardian

By Binoy Kampmark
Demonstranten vor dem westminster magistrates court in london fordern assanges freilassung die hauptanhoerung findet am 28 februar 2020 statt

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Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange.  The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing.

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Wikileaks Still Holding Powerful to Account as Founder Julian Assange “Slowly Dies” in Prison

30 December 2019 — Mint Press

Assange is kept in being kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day, often sedated, in Britain’s notorious Belmarsh Prison.

Julian Assange is dying inside Belmarsh Prison in London. Those are his own words, relayed through English journalist Vaughan Smith, who revealed that the Wikileaks founder called him on Christmas Eve to share his greetings. Smith also divulged that Assange told him he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day and is often sedated.

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‘Mr Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’

25 November, 2019 —  RT

‘Mr Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’ – over 60 medics in open letter to UK govt.

A demonstration in support of Julian Assange outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London. ©  REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Julian Assange may be in real danger of dying in a UK prison, medics from across the world warned in an open letter. He may not even be fit to stand extradition trial, given the years of denial of proper healthcare.

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Julian Assange appears in court via video link: Legal rights denied by judge

19 November 2019 — WSWS

By Thomas Scripps 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attended a procedural hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London via video link on Monday. He is required to appear before the court every 28 days in the run-up to US extradition hearings in February.

The protest outside the court

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How to Help Julian Assange by Writing to Him in Prison

8 November 2019 — Global Research

By Elizabeth Woodworth

Not reported by ANY corporate media was the October 2 London protest to protect Julian Assange, led by Pink Floyd’s world famous co-founder, Roger Waters and award-winning journalist John Pilger, in front of Britain’s Home Office.  About 1,000 people attended.

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M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It’s about truth—and that’s something people have to uphold and fight for” By Laura Tiernan

14 October 2019 — WSWS

Singer and rap artist M.I.A. visited Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison on Saturday, calling for his freedom. The WikiLeaks publisher and journalist faces extradition to the United States under the Espionage Act, with charges that carry a 175-year prison term.

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Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

12 October 2019 — WSWS

Yesterday marked six months since WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange was expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy and arrested by the British police. The sight of a persecuted journalist being manhandled by five burly police in the capital of a supposedly democratic country shocked millions of people around the world.

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Britain’s Unconvicted Prisoner: Keeping Assange on Lockdown for Neocons in Washington

3 October 2019 — 21st Century Wire


This article is a second piece focusing on Belmarsh prison, where the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, continues to be arbitrarily detained by the British government.  The first part showed how Belmarsh prison has been systematically denying Assange access to justice by restricting all the means through which he could prepare his defence; access to and possession of legal documents, talking to his US lawyers, restricted meetings with his UK lawyers, and access to a laptop as a basic means to prepare his defence.  These restrictions have been imposed in contradiction to all legislation and standards regarding the rights of the prisoner. This piece looks at the weaponizing of Category A prison security and the use of prison healthcare isolation as part of a program of the state-sponsored abuse of a journalist imprisoned for releasing prima facie evidence of US war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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“Julian has reached a point where he may die”—Assange’s father John Shipton speaks with the WSWS

5 October 2019 — WSWS

By Johannes Stern

On Thursday the WSWS met John Shipton, Julian Assange’s father, in Berlin to talk about the condition of his son’s jailing in the maximum security Belmarsh Prison in London. The day before Shipton had given a press conference and addressed the weekly “Candles 4 Assange” rally in Berlin, to inform the public about his son’s illegal imprisonment and demand his freedom.

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Dangerous Detentions: Julian Assange And Remaining In Bel-marsh By Binoy Kampmark

2 October 2019 — Oriental Review

Much ink has been spilt in textbooks describing situations where autocratic states can behave badly.  They abuse rights; they ignore international law and they ride roughshod over conventions.  Liberal democracies may boast that they follow matters to the letter of the law, and make sure that citizens are given their fair and just cause in putting forth their cases.  The practice suggests all too glaringly that the opposite is true.

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UK “justice” system tortures Julian Assange, treats fascist Tommy Robinson with kid gloves By Thomas Scripps

19 September 2019 — WSWS

British class justice was on full display last Friday, as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was detained indefinitely at Belmarsh prison, beyond the completion of his sentence, while fascist leader Tommy Robinson was released 10 weeks early from the same jail.

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