For the third day in a row, @amnesty & 40 other legal observers, have been denied access to the technology that would allow them to observe the extradition hearing of @wikileaks founder #JulianAssange.

This was the letter we received yesterday.
In her letter, the judge expresses her "regret" at her decision to deny remote access to the proceedings to @amnesty but offers no reason for her decision

Instead, she sets out rules to ensure the court is #COVID19 safe

But remote access is FAR safer than practices I witnessed.
Telling legal observers - some of whom are from the European Parliament - that they have to compete with the public for one of 8 gallery seats results in a scrum of people at the doorway to the court.

There was no distancing & even court officials & police weren't wearing masks. ImageImage
Today, two activists joined the queue for the public gallery in the early hours of the morning in order to give their spaces to @RSF_en observers.

Despite this, the court has so far refused them entry as they're awaiting some "VIPs” who haven't turned up.
End of Day 3. “We were able to monitor about 45 minutes of Prof Paul Rogers’ testimony, in which he spoke of his belief that the US case against #Assange is politically motivated.” @rebecca_vincent @RSF_inter. #JulianAssange #AssangeCase #AssangeHearing
“Sitting 20 feet away from #JulianAssange", I was struck by how much of a shadow of his former self he had become."

For the fourth consecutive day, @amnesty & other fair trial monitors, have been refused access to the proceedings in the #Assange hearing.…
I met #JulianAssange briefly when he spoke at the Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011

It was an extraordinary time

Occupy Wall St was spreading across the US & the Arab Spring was sweeping N. Africa / Middle East

It was a time when anything seemed possible. ImageImageImageImage
Outside the Old Bailey, #Assange's hearing has been like a carnival. Inside the courtroom, it's been a circus!

Hearing adjourned til Monday due to a #COVID19 scare with husband of one of the US lawyers coming down with Covid-like symptoms.
CARNIVAL: “We have a nice time here. But remember: carnivals come cheap. What matters is the day after.” Slavo Žižek

COURT: “Wherever he went, he’d bring the circus with him. But now - stood before the hanging judge - Moody longed for fewer clowns: for solemnity.“ Emerson Warner
The US Dept of Justice is reportedly obstructing a Spanish High Court request for assistance in its investigation into whether the Spanish company, UC Global & its owner, that spied on #JulianAssange, collaborated with the CIA. (@elpaisinenglish) #Assange…
Campaigns Director for @RSF_inter, @rebecca_vincent, gives an overview of proceedings so far at #Assange’s extradition hearing. Severe restrictions imposed on trial observers meant RSF is the only NGO that gained access to @wikileaks publisher’s hearing.
We’ve just had news that the US junior counsel’s #COVID19 test has come back negative and #Assange’s extradition hearing will therefore continue on Monday.

The hearing was halted on Thursday due to a #COVID scare. #JulianAssange #Assangecase #DontExtraditeAssange #BREAKING

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26 Sep
Earlier this year, the PM promised of a fully operational “world beating” track & trace app by 1 June

It was one of the govt's much touted 5 conditions to easing lockdown

Four months late, comes an app which appears only to be able to process tests that have been done by Serco.
If this “NHS” test & trace app, run by a private firm, doesn’t accept tests done by the NHS only by an outsourced private firm, this need to be changed

Like testing, an app is crucial

Germany introduced their’ on 15 June & it had 12m downloads in a week.
For months, the govt attempted to downplay the importance of the App.

It went from being “an essential component” in tackling #COVID19 to being “a cherry on the top of Dido’s cake”!

This was @MattHancock on 5 June

He doesn’t seem terribly concerned.
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23 Sep
Stars above
Earth beneath
Last night on the Heath

And this shot!

Wow! Image
“When a man is just born, he’s weak & flexible. When he dies, he’s hard & insensitive. When a tree is growing, it's tender & pliant. But when it's dry & hard, it dies. Hardness & strength are death's companions. Pliancy & weakness are expressions of the freshness of being.”
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Dear non-Brits,

Britain’s PM, @BorisJohnson, said today that “there is an important difference between our country & many other countries in the world, & that is that our country is a freedom-loving country.”

Is this true?

Are you not “freedom-loving”?
Liebe Nicht-Briten

@BorisJohnson sagte heute: “es gibt einen wichtigen Unterschied zwischen unserem Land und vielen anderen Ländern auf der Welt, und zwar dass unser Land ein freiheitsliebendes Land ist.”

Ist das wahr?

Sind Sie nicht “freiheitsliebend”?
Chers Amis non-Britanniques

Hier le PM Britannique @BorisJohnson a annoncé qu’il y a une difference importante entre notre pays et beaucoup d'autre pays dans le monde. La difference? Notre pays aime la Liberté. Et votre pays? N'aimez-vous pas la Liberté?
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20 Sep
“You must obey lockdown rules or face a £10,000 fine & I’d call the police on my neighbour, no hesitation!” says @MattHancock who publicly gave full backing to #DominicCummings when he broke lockdown rules.

You don’t see much of this #Cummings interview.

Luckily I recorded it.
Asked why he didn’t tell the truth about his movements until it was exposed by @PippaCrerar & @DailyMirror, #DominicCummings

“I thought that If I start explaining things it will cause more confusion.”

Awkward thing, the truth, isn’t it Dom!
“I did not offer to resign. I did not think about resigning.” #DominicCummings

At the time, when I watched this live, I tweeted: “This question will end #Cummings’ political career”

It should have done

It is beyond comprehension how he was permitted to just carry on as normal.
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20 Sep
Matt Hancock says “we are currently at alert level 3” pointing at the government’s own chart which shows level 3 means we should be “relaxing restrictions & social distancing measures”!

@AndrewMarr9 fails to challenge him on this. #Marr #COVID19 #COVID
Marr asks how many people are being tested at the moment?

@MattHancock says the “capacity” is 250,000

#Marr asks again about people tested

Hancock says: “Ystdy 226,000” people were tested for coronavirus”

Really Matt?

Is there any ‘evidence’ of this?
Matt Hancock says “the public must follow the rules”

Whilst the majority do so through “a sense of civic duty” he says “there’s a minority who don’t follow them”

#Marr: Would you call the police on a neighbour who's failing to self-isolate?

Hancock: Yes
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MAY: Let Our Teacher Be Heroes @GavinWilliamson

JULY: Eat Out to Help Out @RishiSunak

AUGUST: We’ve Had Our Lunch Now Get Back to Work @michaelgove

SEPTEMBER: £10,000 Fine For Leaving House @BorisJohnson

The #HerdImmunityScandal in four @DailyMailUK frontpage headlines
The #HerdImmunityScandal is the overarching scandal which all the other scandals (the #TestingScandal, #CareHomeScandal, #AppScandal, #ScreeningScandal, #LockdownFatigueScandal, #PPEScandal etc. - are all part of.

The BIG question is what is their goal?
#HerdImmunity is merely the strategy.

As journalist @sarahkendzior puts it: "[They're] covering up crime with scandal & covering up malice with incompetence. They want to project an image of being inept, instead of as having a cruel & well-defined plan.”
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