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.
#AssangeCase
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.
The prosecution and the Judge also managed to avoid the court hearing the testimony of Khalid El-Masri who would have testified that he was kidnapped, tortured & sodomized by the @CIA, and it was only because of a @wikileaks' cable that the ECHR rulled he was a victim of the @CIA
Several witnesses talked about @wikileaks' strong harm minimization process and that no document put people in serious harm. This is consistent with Pentagon's Robert Carr's testimony on the @xychelsea case that they could not find a single person harmed by the publications
We also heard incessant hypothetical yes or no questions that were completely unrelated to the #AssangeCase by the prosecution to the expert witnesses. The defence witnesses did not fall in their traps.
The prosecution also tried to discredit every single witness that testified.
#JulianAssange's lawyer @suigenerisjen's testimony to court proved political motivation describing a visit from Rohrabacher sent by @realDonaldTrump to offer #Assange a deal: a pardon in exchange for the identity of the source of the DNC leaks. #Assange's principles are intact.
We heard that a farmer and his family including 7 children were captured by coalition forces, hands tied & executed by coalition forces. A warplane disappeared all evidence of the crime with a missile. The disappeared also include 1million dead by US forces & 35million displaced.
40 human rights organizations, free speech advocates and political observers who had been sent a virtual link by the CPS were prevented from overseeing the case by Judge Vanessa Baraitser with no explanation. 5 members of the public and 10 journalists are allowed in court.
The incessant technical issues in the court have seriously delayed the proceedings. With the second week of the hearing finished, only 1/4th of the expert defence witnesses have given testimony.
We heard from first amendment experts and scholars who told the court that this is the first time in US history that a journalist is charged under the espionage act for receiving and publishing classified information & the precedent of this case would mark the end of journalism.
Finally, #JulianAssange is still a political prisoner in the UK for publishing US war crimes. He has not committed a single crime in this country and continues to be tortured by the British State.
#FreeJulianAssangeNow

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30 Sep
Day 17 of the #AssangeHearing, with three days left, open justice has not been done in these proceedings. The Judge blocked 40 political and NGO observers (including @amensty & @RSF_inter) from monitoring the most important #FreeSpeech trial of the century.
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Defence is reading from/summarizing a witness statement from war reporter Patrick Cockburn. He was in Kabul when the war logs were released, and he says they confirmed civilian casualties he and other journalists suspected.
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Cockburn's statement includes the importance of the war logs and Collateral Murder video to prove these incidents in the face of official denial.
Read 41 tweets
29 Sep
Day 16 of the #AssangeCase proceedings. By this stage it is very likely that the 40 political observers that the judge arbitrarily banned from the observing proceedings virtually will not be allowed to do so. 4 left & I feel the decision was made before we started.
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We have Maureen Baird on the stand: 28 years experience with the Bureau of Prisons in various capacities, with her final positions as Warden and Senior Executive Service Warden at three various Federal Prisons.
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Baraitser walks in. Baird takes the oath.
Read 84 tweets
28 Sep
September 28th, day 15 of the #AssangeCase extradition proceedings. 40 political and #FreeSpeech advocate observers including @RSF_inter and @amnesty are still banned from observing the most important trial of our lifetime by Judge Baraitser without any explanation.
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Sorry for being a bit late, this morning the court heard from Yancey Ellis, US attorney, with experience of the federal prison system. He talked about how #Assange would be placed under a strict solitary confinement regime.
As a pre-trial defendant, Assange would be detained in the ADC for months or potentially years. Ellis: "I believe it's most likely" #Assange would be held in administrative segregation (ad-seg).
#AssangeCase
Read 49 tweets
27 Sep
The @DailyMailUK’s shameful regurgitation of 10 years of disproven slander against #JulianAssange comes at a rather interesting time.

1. There has been increasing reporting of the #AssangeCase, all positive and it Julian’s plight seems to be winning hearts and minds.

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2. The @DailyMailUK might have come under political pressure after being at the forefront of the MSM in the reporting positive reporting of the #AssangeCase.
The political nature of the #AssangeCase does not make it inconceivable that at the highest levels the @DailyMailUK might have felt obligated to do a balancing act of its reporting of the case often often highlighting prosecution flaws, injustices & dangerous precedent being set.
Read 7 tweets
25 Sep
Day 13 in #AssangeCase extradition hearing. 40 political and NGO observers are still banned from observing the proceedings. Fitzgerald says that the prosecution sent a cross-examination evidence was sent last night at 11.30pm, it is 5am where he is and asks for an hour.
When he has had time to read the prosecution bundle, we expect testimony from Patrick Eller, digital forensics expert, on the computer crime charge and the alleged agreement between Assange & Chelsea Manning to crack a password in 2010.
Patrick Ellers will argue that the allegation against Assange regarding the password cracking issue is not possible, and if it were it was not used for the purpose the government alleges.

Judge grants 50 more minutes for Ellers to review.
#AssangeCase
Read 23 tweets
24 Sep
Day 13: #JulianAssange's extradition hearing. Expecting more medical testimony today, from Dr. Blackwood and Dr. Sondra Crosby.
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Due to the personal nature of the medical testimonies I will refrain from tweeting details.
By June #Assange had lost a lot of weight.
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