USA + UK vs. Assange: UK Extradition Hearing S01E02 (starts September 7th 2020)

S01E02 - The Empire Keeps on Striking

Julian Assange's extradition hearing, which began Feb 24th-28th 2020, resumed on September 7th and will continue for three to four weeks.



This time the hearing is not held in Woolwich Crown Court, which is adjacent to HMP Belmarsh high-security prison, where Julian Assange is being illegally kept.

The extradition hearing is being held at Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (commonly called the Old Bailey, after the street on which it stands), in Central London.

City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Paul's. Stay tuned for information about mutualized/organized trips to the hearing…

Check out the Guide To Journalists And Organizations Covering Assange Trial For Those Upset About Lack Of Media Coverage created by the amazing Kevin Gosztola (Shadowproof, Dissenter).


Courage Foundation
Twitter Nitter Daily coverage of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London


Assange Defense
Twitter Nitter Live blog


DEA Campaign
Twitter Nitter Official website


Rebecca Vincent / Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Twitter Nitter RSF


Craig Murray
Twitter Nitter Blog


Mohamed Elmaazi
Twitter Nitter Sputnik News


Kevin Gosztola / Shadowproof
Twitter Nitter Shadowproof The Dissenter Youtube


Taylor Hudak / acTVism Munich
Twitter Nitter acTVism Munich Youtube


Juan Passarelli
Twitter Nitter IMDb The War on Journalism (documentary)


Mary Lostakidis
Twitter Nitter


James Doleman
Twitter Nitter Personal website Assange Court Report


Richard Medhurst
Twitter Nitter Youtube


Stefania Maurizi
Twitter Nitter Personal website


Bill Goodwin / Computer Weekly
Twitter Nitter Computer Weekly


Court News UK
Twitter Nitter Court News UK


Action4Assange
Twitter Nitter Action4Assange Youtube


Tareq Haddad
Twitter Nitter Personal website


Stefan Simanovitz
Twitter Nitter Personal website

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[Week 1 Recap] Watch: video recap of first week's proceeding (with Kristinn Hrafnsson, Jennifer Robinson and Joseph Farrell)

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Prosecution

  • Prosecution skeleton argument on behalf of the USA PDF
  • Prosecution bundle for defence witnesses PFD

Defence

  • Press briefing PDF
  • Defence skeleton argument PDF
  • Witness statements page found here - includes links to downloadable PDFs of statements and witness bios.

Witness appearances:

Week three

Wed 23rd September: Dr. Quinton Deeley

Tue 22nd September: Michael Kopelman

Mon 21st September: Christian Grothoff Cassandra Fairbanks

Week two

Fri 18th September: Khaled El-Masri Dean Yates

Thu 17th September: John Sloboda Carey Shenkman

Wed 16th September: Daniel Ellsberg John Goetz

Tue 15th September: Thomas A. Durkin

Mon 14th September: Eric Lewis

Week one

Wed 9th September: Trevor Timm Paul Rogers

Tue 8th September: Clive Stafford Smith

Mon 7th September: Mark Feldstein


Magistrate : Vanessa Baraitser (doing the front job for her boss Emma Arbuthnot)

Defence team: Solicitor Gareth Peirce (Birnberg, Peirce & Partners); Barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC, Doughty Street Chambers, Barrister Mark Summers QC, Matrix Chambers

(Source : Press Briefing)

Accusation team: James Lewis QC, …

Read/write more about the actors.


  • The Stalinist Trial of Julian Assange September 7, 2020 - John Pilger's address outside the Central Criminal Court in London on Sept. 7 as the WikiLeaks Editor’s extradition hearing entered its final stage.

Issue #1 07 Sept. 2020 - “Souvenir edition - to Gavin”

Issue #2 21 Sept. 2020 - “Courage edition - to Chelsea”

Edward Snowden

It may be up to three, or maybe four(!) weeks, as the UK is trying hard to maintain the appearance of fair and impartial proceedings, despite all evidence that this is a mockery of justice. Proceedings could be shorter (on February they were scheduled to last for 5 days and ended up during only 3.5, the prosecution having surprisingly little -always the same- things to say…).

Previous episode of the hearing gave way to a farce when it comes to access to the public: public was filtered outside of the premises of the court and forced to queue from 6AM on; only 13 people being allowed inside from the public; they were held in some high-security glass room where little could be understood of what was going on…

Yet many supporters felt comfortable expressing their support and anger while organizing outside of the court room. Will it be possible this time, due to Covid-19 restrictions or any other pretext used to silence public expression on Assange's case?

The US DoJ published a new, superseding indictment on June 24th 2020, telling a completely different story, while the extradition hearing had already started(!). Yet, the US haven't formally transmitted them to the UK prosecution, nor the defense team.

It was unclear at the time of resuming of the extradition hearing on Sept.7th over which document the proceedings would be! On Sept 7th, the US prosecution formally withdraw its extradition request to file in a new one based on the new indictment, and Assange had to be “re-arrested” (sic). The defense didn't even have an occasion to formally prepare, react and organize to the new accusations (as the deadline for filing evidence and registering witnesses was long past). All requests to cancel/postpone the hearing were rejected, as accounted by Craig Murray

In techno-legal lingo, such a process is usually described as “a farce”. Except this one is not comical at all…

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creepyjeremy, 2020/09/23 13:54

I just found this wonderful list! I'm working on a similar one and will combine it with this. Please continue to add coverage (interviews of witnesses, appearances on podcasts, etc) as the trial continues so we can make this as comprehensive as possible. Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time and efforts covering the trial and updating this page. Ultimately the truth will prevail and Assange will regain his freedom.

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