#JulianAssange extradition hearings Part 2 - Day 14 (Thread)

Court is due to sit at 10:00 BST

(Another chilly Friday morning)

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John Shipton and Stella Morris' Mum arrive at the Old Bailey.
Craig Murray arrives not too soon thereafter.
Mark Summers QC for the defence tells the court that an application is being made for an extension of time to hear computer expert Patrick Eller. At 11:30pm last night defence received from the prosecution their cross-examination bundle for Mr Eller it was seen by us this morning
.... The witness hasn’t had time to look at it. It is 5am now int he US, he hasn’t yet had chance to review the materials and won't if we start immediately.

The bundle is small in page number but significant, Mr Summers says.
Mr Eller’s evidence was served 9 months ago which has 2 key propositions:
1) alleged passcode hash conspiracy was impossible
2) even if it were possible it was of no possible utility of the purpose being attributed to it.

Mr Kromberg’s statement months later responds to it...
...he takes in the affidavit no issue at all with the first proposition. The USG took issue w/ the second proposition & to the purpose said to be attributed to it.

11:30pm last night USG challenging first proposition as well & Mr Eller hasn't had the opportunity to to review it.
Judge grants one hour requested by Mark Summers QC for Mr Eller to review the new docs he would have obtained early this AM. On the assumption that he has been reviewing the documents for the last 10 minutes the judge grants a further 50 minutes for Mr Eller to review the docs.
Following this discussion the court then addresses the matter as to whether journalists should get the full medical statements and reports presented to the court. Defence are opposed to this saying that privacy of other family members and people are also affected.
Thereafter the court is discussing whether an additional month should be given after final testimony and evidence is presented, for oral closing arguments to be made. Judge was firmly opposed as was Mr Lewis who thinks written submissions can be made and wants finality. But...
... Ed Fitzgerald slowly convinced the judge to grant their request for a month for closing arguments to be made in the end.
During the discussion for more time for closing arguments the Judge said "All the while your client remains in custody which is a consideration I must take into account" to which Mr Fitzgerald responded "Well, if my lady grants him bail then that would solve that problem".
A statement from a German journalist Mr Augstein is being read about Daniel Domscheit-Berg who took documents from WikiLeaks when he left and started Open Leaks. If I can obtain further key details and publish them later I shall.
There is now further arguments about whether two more expert statements by the defence should be considered by the court. The defence say its only fair that statements by Mr Kromberg on prison & jail conditions can be challenged since he himself can't be cross-examined.
Mr Lewis for the prosecution says Prosecution are saying "enough is enough" and a "firm hand" is needed otherwise this case "will never end" a further hearing would be needed and that it is simply not right that the defence can continue to place evidence before the court.
Mr Fitzgerald QC, strongly insists that it is necessary for the chief psychologist who worked in the Bureau of Prison system to address the statements of fact made by the US prosecutor Mr Kromberg whom they can't cross-examine.
“It isn’t easy to get insider evidence of what goes on in the Bureau of Prison”, but that’s what the defence say they have accomplished.
In the judge’s view “and as a matter of fairness, a line must be drawn”. The defence have been aware for sometime of where Mr Assange is likely to be held both pre-trial and if it comes to it post-trial they have had a fair opportunity to investigate these conditions and seek..
...out evidence. Adducing evidence in a third week of the hearing is likely to lead to delay. One statement runs for 174 pages. The timetable is likely to be affected. Further evidence including rebuttal evidence is likely to cause delay.
Evidence has already been heard on the likely psychological impact of prison and detention conditions on Mr Assange.
It is not in the interest of justice to allow further evidence on this matter, the judge says and rejects the application for these additional 2 statements.
Expert Patrick Eller has just been sworn in over video link.
Mr Eller is a digital expert who served for 20 years in the US Army as a criminal investigator & supervisor of investigations relating to digital evidence in particular. From 2012 until 2019 he was the Command Digital Forensic Examiner.
Mr Eller was responsible for all administrative, inspection and oversight functions within a digital forensic program which included more than 80 digital forensic examiners at US Army Criminal Investigation Command headquarters, Quantico Virginia VA.
Mr Eller has reviewed the alleged Java chats between Chelsea Manning and Mr Assange. The chats, he says, didn't explain whether the hash-cracking pertained to a govt computer. Every MS computer has a Security Accounts Manager file, not just govt computers, Mr Eller says.
Mr Eller is now giving testimony as to whether it would be possible for Chelsea Manning to have been able to access the T-Drive where the Rules of Engagement are located using the hash value that she had access to that is the subject of the comspiracy charge.
My review of today's testimony to follow in due course. I will post in this thread. Court has adjourned till Monday.
Supporters of Julian Assange have amassed outside the side entrance to the Old Bailey. Drumming, chanting and beating symbols. The assumption being that the WikiLeaks publisher is still in the building.
Demonstrators outside of the Old Bailey drumming and chanting in favour of WikiLeaks publisher #JulianAssange following the close of today's hearing.

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The supporters of Julian Assange were banging on with some pretty decent beats before they moved on from the Old Bailey.

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Cracking Password Was Neither Possible Nor Necessary to Access Classified Docs, Assange Expert Says

My review of yesterday's hearing in the case of #JulianAssange


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