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Assange ‘too ill’ to attend last chance UK appeal against US extradition

Assange court hearing February 2024 news

Washington wants the WikiLeaks publisher on its soil where he could face a prison sentence of up to 175 years.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is “too ill” to attend his appeal against the UK’s decision to extradite him to the US, his lawyers have said. The US wants him on 17 charges of espionage tied to WikiLeaks’ publication of State Department and Pentagon files in 2010.

Assange, 52, has been held largely in solitary confinement in the Belmarsh maximum security prison in England since 2019, when Ecuador revoked his asylum at American insistence. The Australian-born publisher had requested to appear in court personally, but was unable to do so due to poor health, according to his lawyers.

“The world is watching,” Assange’s wife Stella said outside the court house. She accused the US of abusing the legal system to “hound, prosecute and intimidate” and argued that the US “plotted to murder” her husband – referring to revelations that the CIA sought to kill Assange in 2017, when he sheltered in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“What’s at stake is the ability to publish the truth and expose crimes when they’re committed by states,” Stella Assange told the dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday.

Protesters carried Australian flags and signs that said “Free Julian Assange” and “drop the charges.” The Australian parliament passed a motion, supported by the country’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, calling for Assange’s release from British captivity in the run up to the appeal.

“The outrageous part of the UK’s years-long ‘trial’ to condemn Julian Assange to die in an American dungeon is that the victim of his ‘crime’ (journalism) is a state rather than a person–the definition of a political offense, which the US-UK extradition treaty explicitly forbid,” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said on X (formerly Twitter).

Activists outside the court chanted “US, UK, hands off Assange” and “There is only one decision – no extradition,” among other slogans.

This week’s hearing will decide whether Assange will be allowed to appeal the 2022 decision by the UK government to extradite him to the US. His attorneys have argued that the extradition would amount to punishment for political opinions and violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

If the appeal fails, Assange will apply to the European Court of Human Rights and seek a Rule 39 order to stop the extradition while it considers the case, Stella Assange has said.

In 2010, WikiLeaks published the US military’s Iraq and Afghanistan “war diaries,” as well as a trove of State Department cables. One of the videos, later known as “collateral murder,” showed a US helicopter killing 11 people in Iraq, including two Reuters journalists. Suspecting the Swedish “sexual assault” case was a pretext for the US to arrest him – correctly, as it later emerged – Assange sought asylum in Ecuador, which has no extradition treaty with Washington. He spent the next seven years in the country’s embassy in London, blocked from leaving by the British authorities.

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    • Nope, they need to make an example of whistleblowers so that any other truth seekers get the message. They need to censor, silence and prosecute all dissenters. They need to control social media, rig elections, spark new wars and draft pandemic treaties.

      You know, because they’re the good guys 😉

  1. Al-Jazeerra journalists in Gaza and the West Bank are being routinely assassinated by Israel.
    Gonzo Lira was assassinated / murdered in the J3wi$h-led Ukraine…
    Look at Julian Assange’s case…
    And Edward Snowden’s situation…
    George Orwell’s quote; “In a time of universal DECEIT, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    (and a legislated crime now in most J3wi$h-led Zionist-controlled countries).
    And no, forensic Red Cross numbers show that the population of J3w$ who were exterminated in the privately-owned SS Koncentration Kamps (kinda like a SERCO arrangement of today…with stock held by prosecutors, judges and ‘high-ranking’ government officials) were NOT ‘6 million’ excluding the murders of political dissidents, Freemasons, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Homosexuals, Allied Prisoners…
    6-million appears in other J***** texts as well. Why the number 6?
    the ‘Star of David’ (which actually represents Rephaim and Saturn) has 6 points.
    Alpha-Numeric coding of ‘Vicarius Filii Dei’ = 666.
    The last productive day before the Sabbath is the 6th day.
    The German Nakim that the J3w$ tried to perform to kill 6 million Germans via poisoning to avenge the supposed ‘6-million J***** dead’ in the Kamps…
    In the Patrick McGoohan series ‘The Prisoner’ living in the Government Masonically-structured Village Prison, was ‘Number Six’…! (‘Number One’ was revealed in the end to be our own worst enemy…!).
    6 is a VERY important number in Zionist Judaism, and was used to express other campaigns pre-World War One.
    The number 7 represents rest…and the number 8 symbolises ascending perfection, and when laid sideways, symbolises linked and related infinity.

  2. Really just demonstrates the moral and legal bankruptcy and degeneracy of Western politicians, the police and judiciary, especially in the UK and USA.

    • And australia. He’s an Australian citizen for goodness sake. Shame on the Australian government too.

      Jailed for telling the truth. He should have sought refuge in Russia.

      Julian is a hero for what he did and he has paid dearly for it. 🥺

  3. That such atrocity and man-hunt is possible in full view of the international community paints a despicable picture of world-wide totalitarianism and terrorism and arrogance against citizens all over, with the CIA in cohorts with the j@#i$h Mossad pulling the strings ….and assassinations. Both groups are TERRORIST agencies, only ‘accountable’ to the zionist deep state banksters who control every nation through their debt trap, set up since the FED and all subsequent Central Banks were created.

  4. There is no decency left in the West but govt corruption on public display. Remember our ex Marxist Leader Comrade Ardern. Freedom of speech are weapons of war.

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