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The South Africa-based Daily Maverick is reporting that the husband of the judge guiding the proceedings, Lady Emma Arbuthnot, has “financial links to the British military establishment, including institutions and individuals exposed by WikiLeaks.” dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-1…
Lady Arbuthnot has received gifts and hospitality in relation to her husband, including from a military and cybersecurity company exposed by WikiLeaks.
Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former defence minister, is a paid chair parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-… of the advisory board of military corporation Thales Group, linkedin.com/in/james-arbut… was until earlier this year an adviser to arms company Babcock International.
Both companies have major contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Lady Arbuthnot began presiding over Assange’s legal case in 2017 and ruled this June that a full hearing would begin next February to consider the request for extradition from the UK made by the Trump administration.
British judges are required to declare any potential conflicts of interests to the courts, but it is our understanding that Lady Arbuthnot has not done so.
Until December 2017, Lord Arbuthnot was one of three directors of a private security firm, SC Strategy beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/082485…, along with the former director of MI6, Sir John Scarlett, and Lord Carlile.
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