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We have only a few more days of witness testimony in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition trial.

I'll have live updates on Day 17 in this thread. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, attorney Lindsay Lewis, who represented Mostafa Kamel Mostafa in high-profile extradition case, warned against US government's "unreliable assurances" in that case. She contended officials are misleading British court again.… #AssangeTrial
Lewis outlined abuse Mostafa has suffered in ADX Florence under SAMs, despite his poor health and physical disabilities.

"There is no reason to conclude that SAMs imposed on Mr. Assange would be any less arbitrary, oppressive, or difficult to challenge..." #AssangeTrial
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"Slightly repetitive"

This constant talk about cruelty in US prisons is a bit tiresome for BBC correspondent. #AssangeTrial
"It will return as a news story" is code for I'm bored with it, but when I am not any longer I may choose to do journalism on #AssangeTrial again. It's total rubbish.
Every day there is news in the #AssangeTrial. It's our job as reporters to communicate to the world what makes each day significant in this case, which has widespread implications for global press freedom.
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It’s the final week of witness testimony in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition trial.

Court starts soon, and I'll have live updates on Day 16 in this thread. #AssangeTrial
“Even in administrative segregation, Assange would be able to communicate with other inmates through doors and windows of his cell.”

Yesterday, Judge Baraitser heard testimony from defense witnesses that exposed this as a terrible lie.… #AssangeTrial
Maureen Baird, consultant and former warden for federal Bureau of Prisons, is the first witness. She was "warden and senior executive service warden at three various federal prisons." #AssangeTrial
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Day 15 of the #Assange extradition hearing. Live updates in this thread:

(Apologies, I was prevented from following the court proceedings this morning).
Court returns from lunch.

Joel Sickler continues his testimony from this morning. Sickler is an expert on US prisons with 40 years of experience in corrections and sentencing. #AssangeTrial
Some key points from Sickler’s morning testimony:

-He firmly believes #Assange will be thrown in ad-seg (solitary) at ADC or the “X-unit
-Limited interaction and communication with other prisoners. None if placed under SAMs

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It’s the fourth and final week of witness testimony in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition trial.

Court starts soon, and I'll have live updates in this thread. #AssangeTrial
Third week of #AssangeTrial ended with significant testimony from a digital forensic expert with background in US military, who used the US military's own expert witness in Chelsea Manning's trial to discredit password-cracking theory against Assange.…
Recall, first charge brought against Assange by prosecutors—computer crime—was intended to delude world into believing US govt wasn't targeting Assange for journalism. But that was false. Always a smokescreen, and that smokescreen dissipated w/ Eller's testimony. #AssangeTrial
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The fourth & final week in the #Assange hearing

The judge has indicated she’ll give a date for her final ruling on Friday. It will be some time in 2021

See link to the 17-page opening statement of the prosecution. #DontExtraditeAssange #JulianAssange…
“Outside the court it was a carnival. Inside the court it was a circus”

My piece for @newsweek about the fact that - after 3 weeks of trying - @amnesty's fair trial observer is still refused entry into the #Assange hearing

Here’s @FollowWestwood’s take😊…
“He truly represents a core value of why we are free — because we have freedom of the press.” @aiww at the #Assange hearing today. #AssangeTrial #JulianAssange #DontExtraditeAssange #aiweiwei
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Corporate media are ignoring the #AssangeTrial until the judge gives her verdict. And when she does, only "crazy conspiracy theorists" would suggest her verdict is not wise & just.

Never mind the lack of due process, blocking of public access, conflicts of interest, etc etc... Image
Julian Assange once said:

"Censorship is always a cause for celebration".

I wonder how he feels about the media silence surrounding his own trial? What does that reveal?

Media orgs are weak & afraid of reform, because step one = admitting their own corruption.

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The US prosecutor last week explicitly stated that the US govt has "never said they would not prosecute journalists" using the 1917 Espionage Act.

Assange will NOT be the last. He's just the first.

This really is the last chance for other journos to speak up. #PressFreedom Image
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Shifting US indictment Against Julian Assange

2018: Accused of violating three provisions of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and conspiracy to defraud US government

2019: accused of generally violating CFAA (no longer specifically charged); defrauding US govt #AssangeTrial ImageImageImage
2020: computer crime offense is no longer charged against Assange as violation of CFAA. It's now only a generic conspiracy to defraud US govt charge.

Relevant time period is now 2009-2015 and does not necessarily depend on alleged Assange-Manning chat. #AssangeTrial
I'll point out this still has elements from the CFAA where it lists the counts, and then at the bottom it indicates Justice Department is only charging under 371—"conspiracy to defraud."

So it always was and it remains a frankenoffense. Image
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Many mainstream rights groups and media organizations have a mixed history when it comes to opposing Washington’s agenda. The case of #JulianAssange has been no exception.
by @AlanRMacLeod… #AssangeCase #AssangeTrial #FridayVibes #FridayThoughts #Friday
#AmnestyInternational’s Europe Director described the hearings against #julianAssange as an “assault on the right to freedom of expression” that would have a “chilling effect on media freedom.”
by @AlanRMacLeod… #AssangeCase #AssangeTrial #journalists
#JulainAssange, left, with Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, June 16, 2013.
Photo by Frank Augstein | AP
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Day 14 of the Julian #Assange extradition hearing begins at the Old Bailey.

Live updates in this thread:
First witness to testify is computer forensics expert Patrick Eller.

Prosecution sent him its bundle in the middle of the night (typical). Judge gives the defense an hour for Eller to go through the documents. #AssangeTrial
While we wait, watch a full video summary of Day 12 & 13 #AssangeTrial

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The fourteenth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates in this thread. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, Dr. Sondra Crosby, who visited Assange multiple times in Ecuador embassy and Belmarsh prison, testified. One of only witnesses we'll hear from on symptoms of "psychological torture" he showed in embassy.… #AssangeTrial
Patrick Eller, who is a compute forensics expert, will take the stand. He reviewed evidence from Chelsea Manning's court martial that particularly relates to computer crime charge and is an expert witness. #AssangeTrial
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Report: ‘Not unjust’ to extradite WilkiLeaks founder Julian Assange, court hears via @ComputerWeekly #Assange #AssangeTrial
@ComputerWeekly It is day 14 of court hearings into Julian Assange's extradition at the Old Bailey. The court is about to start shortly #Assange
@ComputerWeekly Report on yesterday's court hearings:…
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You can measure the effectiveness of resistance by the fury of the response by ruling elites.
by @ChrisLynnHedges… #ChrisHedges #Resistance #ExtinctionRebellion #JulianAssange #TheResistance #protestors #protests
Accusing Holy Land Foundation Five of “funding terrorism” required a great deal of creativity but also a collaboration between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
by @mikopeled… #Palestine #MuslimTwitter #politicalprisoners
"Two of the rebels I admire most, #JulianAssange, the #WikiLeaks publisher, and #RogerHallam, the co-founder of #ExtinctionRebellion @ExtinctionR, are in jail in Britain."
Illustratin by Mr. Fish for Scheerpost
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It is day 13 of legal the extradition hearing against Julian Assange at the Old Bailey. Today we expect to hear medical experts for the prosecution. ##Assange
Here is a recap of the evidence given my medical experts for the defence. Assange's defence team will rely on the legal precedents set by Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon to argue against extradition. @ComputerWeekly #Assange #AssangeTrial
@ComputerWeekly This is a useful legal analysis of the precedent set by Lauri Love in his extradition case. The High Court found that given Love's diagnosed mental health conditions it would be oppressive to extradite him to a US prison.
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The thirteenth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates in this thread. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, the court heard Assange was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

In cases of Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon, the fact that they had Asperger's syndrome played a major role in US government being blocked from extraditing them.… #AssangeTrial
When McKinnon won fight against extradition, former White House adviser David Rivkin called it "laughable."

"Under that logic, anybody who claims some kind of physical or mental problem can commit crimes with impunity and get away with it." #AssangeTrial…
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Day 12 of the #Assange extradition hearing begins.

Live updates in the thread below:
Today’s proceedings will see more expert testimony in relation to #Assange’s mental health.
First witness to take the stand is Dr. Quinton Deeley, who specializes in ADHD and autism. A little more on his background:
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It is day 12 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing, taking place at the Old Bailey. I am reporting for @ComputerWeekly, through a remote dial-in to the court. #Assange
@ComputerWeekly Dr Quinton Deely NHS Consultant Psychiatrist specializing in autism, ADHD and mental health is giving evidence #Assange
@ComputerWeekly Deely is giving evidence that there is a high risk of suicide if #Assange is extradited in the light of his diagnosis.
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The twelfth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, lead prosecutor James Lewis asserted Assange exaggerates his symptoms of depression, and in fact, no one with severe or moderate depression could possibly function and run a media organization.… #AssangeTrial
Housekeeping note: To receive written reports in your inbox after each day of court, go to It's that easy to stay informed on #AssangeTrial
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The eleventh day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates today. #AssangeTrial
Professor Michael Kopelman, who is a forensic psychiatrist, will give evidence on Assange's clinical depression, risk of suicide, and how he the US government is targeting him for his political opinions. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, in my written report, I paid attention to fixer who is closely tied to Donald Trump Jr. who threatened a political activist after she visited Assange to inform him that the Trump administration planned to expel and arrest him.… #AssangeTrial
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The tenth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly.

I'll have live updates today and throughout third week of #AssangeTrial.
It is Assange legal team's position that facts in the case have been presented in a "misleading way" by prosecution to help make it seem like Assange committed "extraditable offense."
Day 10 will feature Jakob Augstein, a journalist who worked for Der Freitag, and Professor Christian Grothoff, a computer science professor, who can show court US prosecution is misrepresenting facts related to publication of unredacted cable cache on the internet #Assange
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@Consortiumnews @DanielEllsberg @johnpilger @AMercouris @KimDotcom @unjoe @ElizabethleaVos @DEAcampaign @couragefound @CathyVoganSPK @caitoz 1/ John Pilger: Julian is confined to a glass corridor. "For Julian to talk to his lawyer, he must get on his knees & try to make a sign to people who have their backs to him."
@Consortiumnews @DanielEllsberg @johnpilger @AMercouris @KimDotcom @unjoe @ElizabethleaVos @DEAcampaign @couragefound @CathyVoganSPK @caitoz 2/ John Pilger: He can send it [a note] through a chain of 4 people to the barristers arguing his case at the front. He must speak through a slit in the glass. "His knees must be quite abraised at the end of it [the day in court]."
@Consortiumnews @DanielEllsberg @johnpilger @AMercouris @KimDotcom @unjoe @ElizabethleaVos @DEAcampaign @couragefound @CathyVoganSPK @caitoz 3/ John Pilger (paraphrased): He [Assange] is stripped naked, strip searched, x-rayed, shackled - goes through at least three checks at least as draconian as this ...
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The ninth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I won't have live updates at this thread at the moment because the court's Crime Deputy Service Manager did not admit me this morning.
Constant glitches have existed in the system, and when I logged on the cloud video platform at the same time I do every morning, my name did not appear. I was hearing a repeated message that the host had not joined. Another journalist informed me they could not see me. #Assange
When I contacted the Crime Deputy Service Manager to let them know that I had an issue this morning, they said the rule is the rule. There was nothing I could say to persuade them to allow me morning access. I will miss this morning's witness. #Assange
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Exposing War Crimes Should Always Be Legal. Committing And Hiding Them Should Not.

"In a healthy world, governments would see truth as something to be desired and actively sought, not something to be repressed and punished." #AssangeTrial #Assange…
The Kafkaesque extradition trial of Assange continues, with each day making it clearer that we are watching a staged performance by the US and UK governments to explain why it’s okay for powerful governments to jail journalists who expose inconvenient truths about them.
The Assange defense team is performing admirably, making the arguments they need to make to try and prevent an extradition that will set a precedent which will imperil press freedoms around the world.
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