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Actors of a Persecution

An attempt of making a list of actors of the persecution of Assange.

UK

arbuthnot.jpg Emma Arbuthnot, Baroness of Edrom, is a Chief magistrate in London. She is married to James Arbuthnot, Baron of Edrom.

Ironically, in her ruling from February 2018, Arbuthnot had said that Assange’s fears of U.S. extradition were not “reasonable,” and dismissed concerns about his health problems, remarking that they “could be much worse.”

In August 2018, Arbuthnot recused herself from further involvement in the Uber licensing case in London after it was alleged that there may be a conflict of interest due to “her husband’s work for a strategy firm that has advised one of Uber’s largest investors,” the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Investment Authority (QIA). QIA is a client of SC Strategy Ltd, co-founded by Lord Alexander Charles Carlile and former MI6 chief Sir John Scarlett, and Mr. James Arbuthnot has been a consultant there. It was later argued in court that Arbuthnot “had failed to check whether her family had a financial interest in the issue.” Arbuthnot has said she was not aware of the connection with her husband's work.

Mr. Arbuthnot is also chairman of the advisory board for the large U.K. subsidiary of Thales Group, a military arms and communication systems manufacturer. WikiLeaks has published documents about them within various releases (including under their former name, Thomson-CSF), such as their response to the “Blue Lantern” inquiry by the U.S. State Department.

According to investigations by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard published in the South African Daily Maverick, Arbuthnot had at least twice directly benefited financially from two organizations that WikiLeaks had exposed. Her son, Alexander Arbuthnot, worked for Symantec from 2010 to 2016, and then moved to Vitruvian Partners, a large investor in Darktrace. Both Symantec and Darktrace had / have the explicit goal of helping their clients identify and stop whistleblowers — or as they termed it, “malicious insider activity.”

As of this writing, despite the conflict(s) of interest being raised multiple times by the defence team, Arbuthnot has still refused to recuse herself. She currently acts as a supervising judge on the case.

Vanessa Baraitser

In remarks directed at Assange, Baraitser reportedly stated: “You have been produced today because your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an end. When that happens your remand status changes from a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition.”

She continued: “Therefore I have given your lawyer an opportunity to make an application for bail on your behalf and she has declined to do so. Perhaps not surprisingly in light of your history of absconding in these proceedings.”

This claim, however, is contradicted by the WikiLeaks statement, accusing the judge of preempting any application for bail by Assange’s lawyers.

Baraitser declared: “In my view I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again.”

Baraitser’s ruling was based on the fraudulent claim that Assange illegitimately “absconded” on bail in 2012. In reality, Assange exercised his right, protected under international law, to seek political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Michael Snow

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Deborah Frances Taylor presided over the sentencing for bail violations at Southwark Crown Court on May 1st 2019. At one point, she mistakenly claimed that Assange had been charged in Sweden. After rejecting all of the defence's mitigation arguments, Taylor accused Assange of costing British taxpayers £16 million, mostly referring to expenses from overt and covert surveillance operations by police while Assange resided in the Ecuadorian Embassy. She categorised the bail violation as ‘A1,’ meaning there was a failure to surrender with ‘deliberate attempt to evade or delay justice,’ despite his asylum application from June 2012 clearly stating, “It is not my wish to avoid investigation or indeed trial in Sweden, however unjust I believe the context to date to have been” (para. 47). She sentenced him to 50 weeks in prison, or 47 weeks when accounting for time served since his arrest. This is near the maximum (one year) for this offence.

The head of the CPS during the most crucial phase of the Julian Assange case was Keir Starmer. It was his CPS that advised the Swedish prosecutors NOT to question Julian #Assange in London, and delayed the Swedish case.

(Source: Stefania Maurizzi - https://www.twitter.com/SMaurizi/status/1229780054701461504)

A representative for the U.S. government during the preliminary hearings and extradition trial. In December 2019, she requested that the case to be delayed until April 2020, which was denied.

Dobbin “practices in the fields of: public law, human rights (with a particular expertise in children’s rights), international co-operation law (extradition, mutual legal assistance and diplomatic law), inquests and inquiries and civil recovery.”

The U.K.'s prosecutor for the bail violations. Assange was then found guilty of breaching bail conditions by Judge Snow on April 11th.


US

US DoJ Personnel in the Woolwich Court (Belmarsh)Dwyer & Traxler, Woolwich Court, London, February 2020

DoJ attaché at the US Embassy in London.


Listed in the indictment


Nephew (?) of Thomas W. Traxler, listed in the indictment

(help identify this person)

FBI Special Agent in the Counterespionage Squad of the Washington Field Office

Federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

First assistant US Attorney Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

prosecuting the case in the US.

Assistant U.S. attorney

prosecuting the case in the US.

Assistant U.S. attorney

prosecuting the case in the US.

prosecuting the case in the US.

prosecuting the case in the US.

quoted in the superceding indictment

Justice Department’s National Security Division trial attorney prosecuting the case in the US.

Justice Department’s National Security Division trial attorney prosecuting the case in the US.

Assistant Attorney General Department of Justice's National Security

made the announcement after the charges were unsealed.

United States Attorney Eastern District of Virginia

made the announcement after the charges were unsealed.

Assistant Director F.B.I

made the announcement after the charges were unsealed.


Sweden

Senior investigator who re-opened the closed Swedish case, kept it open, without investigation, for more than 6 years, to finally interrogate Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and close the case.

  • Last modified: 2020/06/25 03:01