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The most memorable moments in the #AssangeCase hearing for this week cannot be summarized in one tweet, so I will start this thread by highlighting the "super relevant" question by the prosecution:
"Would it be illegal for a journalist to help someone break into the White House?"
We also found out that Mr. Kromberg admits that the US government does not have any evidence of serious harm caused to any individual by the @wikileaks publications, yet the prosecution continues to mislead the court and the witnesses saying they do.
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The prosecution quoted from @davidleighx's book where that #Assange allegedly said at a dinner that "informants deserve to die", but they stopped John Goetz, who was present at the dinner & who testified and submitted a testimony in writing from saying that this never happened.
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Day 9 of the #Assange extradition hearing begins.

Live updates in this thread:
First witness of the day is investigative journalist Nicolas Hager.
Hager underlines the importance of confidential sources. Being an investigative journalist and dealing with topics that are of a classified/sensitive nature there's no way around it without them. Governments will always claim that they "harm" nat sec.
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Day 9: Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. This morning's witness is Nicholas Hager, a New Zealand journalist with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. #AssangeCase
Hager reported on New Zealand cables in the WikiLeaks files. Says leaked classified documents are essential to journalism
On every controversial story I've written, governments claim there will be harm as a result. After these accusations, some years pass and I later learn the military are reading my books
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Back at court for day 9 of #JulianAssange's hearing. We were welcomed by our virtual host, a jolly lady from the tech department who had her computer on her lap and seemed to be very comfy in her living room.

Political observers still don't have access.

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Baraitser enters the court. Fitzgerald says that the witness today is Nicky Hager, investigative journalist from New Zealand.
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The Oath, the oath, the oath, "nothing but the truth".... I haven't many a place where the truth is bended, twisted and perverted so much as the prosecution does in this court.
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#JulianAssange hearings Part 2 - Day 9 (Thread)

Court to sit at 10:00 am.

Next 2 defence witnesses due to be called:

1) TBC (morning)
2) Carey Shenkmam (lawyer spec. in human rights & constitutional law, afternoon)

via @SputnikInt
John Pilger, John Shipton and Fidel Narvaez arrive at the Old Bailey.
Nicolas Hager, journalist, has just been sworn in via video link.
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'Kangaroo court': Joe Rogan says wrong to prosecute #Assange for 'horrific crimes' he exposed

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sputniknews.com/us/20200918108… via @SputnikInt
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#Assange Update: Iraq War Logs Essential to Understanding the Truth of Civilian Casualties

@acTVismMunich

via @YouTube
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@richimedhurst: The Julian #Assange Trial in 60 Seconds
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Second part of day 7: Carey Shenkman Constitutional Scholar and Lawyer.

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Surprise, surprise! Tech issues again!
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The court tech people from their living room:
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Back in court, the lawyers are present, we are waiting for the Judge, and still 40 political observers like @amnesty are banned from being able to monitor the case via a video link that was provided to them and access removed on the first day of proceedings.
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Judge comes in and John Sloboda is saying the oath via video link.
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Sloboda is the co-founder of Iraq Body Count, recognized as an authority in civilian deaths by Governments and international organizations.
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Day 8: Julian Assange's extradition hearing. Today we expect testimony from Carey Shenkman, human rights attorney and expert on the Espionage Act, and John Sloboda, from Iraq Body Count. #AssangeCase
Yesterday we heard from Dan Ellsberg, on his experience under the Espionage Act:

"I did not have a fair trial, no one since me had a fair trial on these charges, and Julian Assange cannot remotely get a fair trial under those charges if he were tried.”

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We also heard from John Goetz, who spoke about WikiLeaks' harm-minimization process of redactions and who explained that Guardian journalists' publishing of a password in their book was to blame for unredacted cables being released. #AssangeCase assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…
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Day 7: Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. We're expecting testimony from John Goetz, Der Spiegel journalist who worked with WikiLeaks in 2010, and Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower. #AssangeCase
Yesterday's report on testimony from defense attorneys Eric Lewis and Thomas Durkin, testifying about Trump's politicized prosecution and the conditions Assange would face in the US: assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…
If Goetz's testimony does not take too long, either the defense will read other statements in court or will get to spend some time with Julian.
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Day six of the Assange Trial (Wednesday, Sept 16) Live updates will be threaded here for ease of access and sharing.
Today's first witness is John Goetz, who was present during the Guardian interviews and refutes claims that JA said "informants deserve to die". His testimony is expected to be shorter than previous witnesses. Below is his signed affidavit on the matter.
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Proceedings are ready to start.
Witness is already video linked in, here is hoping all goes well with the feed for once.
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Day 6 of the #Assange extradition hearing begins.

I will be posting live updates in the thread below:
Eric Lewis of @reprieve returns to continue his testimony after court was adjourned due to technical difficulties.
Regarding Babar Ahmad, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected his appeal in 2012, allowing him to be extradited from UK to US.

Prosecution is using this to say that solitary confinement would not pose a grave threat to Julian and shouldn't impede extradition.
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Day 5 Assange case live updates will be threaded here for ease of access and sharing.
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Judge has entered the courtroom and it seems like everyone but Julian is present, witness included.
First up we will be hearing from Eric Lewis, who was cut off yesterday with technical errors, forcing early adjournment.
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Witness is again, extremely hard to hear. There is a strange muffling to his words making it hard to follow.
He is picking up where yesterday left off.
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Julian Assange's extradition hearing, day 6 thread. We expect to see more testimony from @Reprieve attorney Eric Lewis today. #AssangeCase
Yesterday's report: Eric Lewis: Julian Assange shouldn’t be extradited, would face solitary confinement in the United States

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Prosecution resumes cross-examination of Lewis. Picks up where we left off, at the case of Ahmad in the European Court of Human Rights, dealing with solitary confinement in the United States -- believe that ruling is here: hudoc.echr.coe.int/fre#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-110267%22]}
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The sixth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread.
Yesterday, Assange extradition hearing resumed with testimony from US lawyer Eric Lewis. I paid particular attention to European Court of Human Rights decision that prosecutor seized upon to argue abusive prison conditions shouldn't prevent extradition. shadowproof.com/2020/09/14/at-…
Eric Lewis suggested in his testimony that Assange would be held at Alexandria Detention Center before trial if he were brought to the United States. He'd be in conditions that were "tantamount to solitary confinement," like alleged Russian spy Maria Butina.
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Week two of Julian #Assange's extradition hearing has begun

After a #COVID19 scare, lawyers & clerks are wearing masks

For updates from courtroom, follow:
@kgosztola, @SMaurizi, @richimedhurst, @rebecca_vincent
@kirkkorner

For a summary of last week👇
The prosecution have had years to prepare for #Assange’s hearing & yet basic technology is not working

Today, there were more problems with the audio & video links. Defence witness, Eric Lewis, couldn’t be properly heard

The video feed was turned off causing delays #AssangeCase Image
Six days after the start of the #AssangeTrial, @amnesty - and other fair trial observers - still don't have access to observe the hearing.

We approached the court again yesterday to "try to get our foot in the door". #Assange #JulianAssange
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Day 5 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing is resuming now, we'll live-tweet at this thread. Julian is not yet in the dock but the judge has entered and defense lawyer Ed Fitzgerald stands to note that they will call Eric Lewis to the stand today. #AssangeCase
Julian enters the courtroom, handcuffs jangling. Defense lawyer Mark Summers is speaking to the judge, asking for everyone in the courtroom to wear masks when not addressing the judge/speaking. Julian, members of the prosecution and defense are wearing masks.
Judge says she's not required to order people to wear a face covering but wearing one is at everyone's discretion. Julian must be given the option to wear a mask if he wishes to
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The fifth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread.
Eric Lewis, who is a practicing lawyer in United States knowledgeable on trial and sentencing issues, is expected to take witness stand. He'll testify on the ways the legal team believes Assange would be "exposed to flagrant denial of justice" if put on trial in US.
Lewis' testimony will likely return to the issue of Trump administration retaliation against the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is investigating US torture and war crimes, and how that connects to #AssangeCase
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I am connected to the virtual court system and ready to report on the #AssangeCase extradition hearing, first day of week 2:
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Reminder, there are 40 civil society, human rights and political observers from around the world that were given access via video link and the access was revoked the last minute. They include @amnesty, @RSF_inter, @hrw, European Ministers of Parliament, and legal observers.
Court commences, but #JulianAssange is not present. They are discussing administrative issues.
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Judge just said court will continue... Basic case management is proceeding with DoJ prosecution attending by video link from his UK apartment.
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Defense just objected, saying if Covid is in the court room, they absolutely should not be in there.

(reminder that Julian has a preexisting lung condition)

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DoJ agrees, says cross-ex is impossible by video link. Asks court to adjourn until Monday.
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The fourth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread.
Yesterday, the legal team called Paul Rogers, a peace studies professor at Bradford University, to testify on how prosecution has targeted Assange for his political opinions.

One political opinion highlighted:

"...if wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth."
Also, on Day 3, defense witness Trevor Timm called attention to what New York Times Washington bureau chief Max Frankel declared about the role of "secrets" in his affidavit to federal court in Pentagon Papers case. #Assange
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DoJ now raising issues on illegaly aquired information.
Defense tries to interrupt but DoJ talks over them loudly asking, Is hacking a password a crime?
(again this is in reference to Assange and Manning, a still patently untrue claim)
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DoJ finishes by saying it was to break into a computer, this is incorrect and witness immediately corrects them saying it was to protect Manning's identity, again protecting sources and well entrenched within first amendment rights.
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DoJ pushes in on Witness.
Asks if there is a line on this sort of thing.
Witness replies Yes.
DoJ says, And someone has to draw it?
Witness again says Yes and that they saw the chat logs, but not the sealed evidence (which, again exonerated Manning in this matter)
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Trevor Timm Co-Founder and Director of @FreedomofPress is now on the stand.
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Timm: The Freedom of the Press Foundation advocates for strong press freedoms in the US.
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Mark Summers for the Defence: are you familiar with the communications of journalists and their sources.
Timm says that he is and mentions the Pentagon Papers and says virtually all important publications contain classified information.
#AssangeCase.
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