Take home from morning session:
The judge has not changed her mind about accepting the new indictment. Julian could have spent more time in jail while his team prepared their defence.
And all non journo monitors barred.
Summers: yes but short.
Judge: how frequently?
Summers: twice in the period in question. They are not easy logistically, can’t hear etc
Judge: how long do you want to adjourn for?
Summers: enough time to collect evidence - January
What will the judge decide?
Holy book or declaration. Declaration. Audio is so bad he has difficulty repeating everything in the declaration
Do you have those reports?
He is looking for the reports.
He is asked if he recalls them.
Confirms they are accurate.
Harvard grad 1979, 2 decades as investig reporter, a little national security reporting. He is Chair of broadcast journalism at his university. Going thru his credentials
1. Practice in US of leaking classified information - govt officials do it when it suits them eg NYT Weapons of Mass Destruction article. Practice is widespread. Reporters in Washington have made a career of it.
Are you aware of press proceeding to publish?
Yes, they expose the background to decisions etc
Leaked material is published on a daily basis
There is no precedent to prosecute a publisher. It’s been considered - journalists who were considered presidential enemies - but no one was ever charged.
This is a shambles. Unless things run more smoothly they will need a lot longer than the 3 weeks.
So summary of this afternoon then:
Julian’s team applied to postpone till January to gather evidence regarding the new allegations but this was denied.
Defence managed to start the process of summarising the reports of the first witness