Edward Snowden and Joe Rogan Speak Up for Assange

September 15, 2020

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden appears on the Joe Rogan Experience, where both guest and host decry the unfair treatment of Julian Assange and discuss how the administration could easily drop the charges and recognize the importance of WikiLeaks’ work. “You cannot convict Julian Assange,” Snowden says, “without exposing the New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox, whoever…to the same kind of charges.”

Pulitzer Prize Winner Glenn Greenwald Calls on Trump to Pardon Assange

September 11, 2020

Glenn Greenwald, attorney and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his work on the NSA surveillance programs, says Trump should use his pardon power to end the “abusive prosecution” of Julian Assange. “They’re punishing Julian Assange,” Greenwald argues, “for informing the public about things they have the right to know about.”

COVID-19 Concerns Postpone Assange Extradition Hearings

September 10, 2020

Julian Assange’s extradition hearings have been postponed due to concerns over one of the prosecution lawyer’s possible exposure to COVID-19. The case has been adjourned until Monday, and the test results for the attorney were expected to have been released at some point Friday September 10th. Assange’s lawyers asserted that the extent of the virus’ spread is unknown in the courtroom, and therefore, it would not be safe for them to continue proceedings. 

Assange’s Attorney: “He faces 175 years in prison for doing his job as a journalist”

September 9, 2020

Democracy Now journalists dive deep into the details of Julian Assange’s extradition hearings with Jennifer Robinson, long time attorney representing Julian. In this interview, Robinson gives excellent background on a host of important pieces of this trial. The interview notably includes: information about the new U.S. indictment, highlights from key witness testimony, and potential prison and trial conditions if Julian is extradited to the U.S..

Noam Chomsky and Alice Walker on Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearings

September 9, 2020

Assange faces extradition to the United States because he published incontrovertible proof of war crimes and abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, embarrassing the most powerful nation on Earth. Assange published hard evidence of “the ways in which the first world exploits the third”, according to whistleblower Chelsea Manning, the source of that evidence. Assange is on trial for his journalism, for his principles, not his personality.”

Judge Rejects Adjournment Request in Assange Hearings

September 7, 2020

One of the first arguments made during Julian Assange’s four weeks of continued extradition hearings was an argument to exclude elements of a new indictment by U.S. prosecutors revealed just two months before the hearings began. Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected this idea, and subsequently rejected the request from Julian’s attorneys to adjourn the hearings to collect more information about the new pieces of the U.S. indictment. While Julian remaining incarcerated during a potential adjournment period is a circumstance his attorneys would like to avoid, the Judge has left the question of adjournment open for argument later in the hearings.

Supporters Gather in Protest as Assange Extradition Hearings Resume

September 7, 2020

In the opening moments of Julian Assange’s resumed extradition hearings, Julian simply answered “no” when asked if he consented to extradition to the U.S.. Outside the courthouse, crowds of protesters gathered to support Julian in his case to avoid extradition; if extradited, he would face a trial that could land him in prison for 175 years. Among the protesters were Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer and John Shipton, Julian’s father.

Expert Witness: Potential Free Press Consequences in Assange Case

September 7, 2020

After months of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, extradition hearings for Julian Assange began again on September 7th. If Julian is extradited to the U.S., he would face unprecedented charges that threaten journalistic activities. This sentiment was echoed in the testimony of Professor Mark Feldstein of the University of Maryland, who noted that the First Amendment freedom of the press is a key reason why publishers such as Assange are routinely protected from prosecution under U.S. law. 

Bureaucratic Error or Barrier to Free Press Access?

September 7, 2020

Non-governmental organizations including Amnesty International and PEN Norway have encountered unusual bureaucratic barriers in gaining remote access to the Assange extradition hearings. On Monday September 7th, Judge Baraitser revoked the hearing access of NGO court watchers citing procedure as they had failed to submit all the appropriate letters. These organizations expect to gain permissions once going through the new process; however, many high profile advocates are criticizing the Assange hearings for what they see as a blatant attack on the free press. 

U.S. Attorney General replaces national security watchdog with Assange foe weeks before election, raising concerns

August 31, 2020

ABC News reports that Attorney General William Barr has replaced career national security Brad Wiegmann, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the Office of Law and Policy. Wiegmann, a 23-year veteran public servant, headed the office that “helps ensure federal counterintelligence and counterterrorism activities are legal.” He was replaced by 36-year-old Kellen Dwyer, a political appointee and cyber-crimes prosecutor who made international headlines in 2018 for inadvertently revealing a sealed indictment against Julian Assange.