#JulianAssange extradition hearings Part 2 - Day 17 (Thread)

Court is commencing now at 10:00 BST

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(Now that I am on the court list I shall be attending via the press annex, though I'll still be watching via video link :)
Statements will be read during the first part of today. Testimony of a Mr Worthington is expected during the second part (as I understand it)
First statement that was read is from investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn. He explains the significance of WikiLeaks publications, noting the release of war logs confirming civilian deaths and other casualties that were suspected by journalists.
The war logs and 'Collateral Murder' video were of particular significance given their contradiction of official denials, Mr Cockburn explains in his statement.
see the Collateral Murder video here: collateralmurder.wikileaks.org

WikiLeaks' publications represent a great victory for freedom of expression in the face of government secrecy, Patrick Cockburn says.
A statement from Ian Cobain, former Guardian journo, followed. It notes the importance of material related to Libya.

I may add quotes a bit later after I see the statement.
Stefania Maurizi (@SMaurizi) statement is now being dealt with by Mark Summers QC who is summerising key aspects of it to the court.
Collateral Murder & other publications dramatically showed criminal acts, she says. The publication was of immense importance and public concern.
Ms Maurizi sought out Mr Assange and WikiLeaks after the Collateral Murder video to work with them for the opportunity to expose “manifest lies” upon which wars had been waged and to change the course of history.
The cables I was handling were primarily of Italian or Vatican interest. But had broader interest such as Guantanamo related files, Ms Maurizi says in her statement.
Once such revelation was Seymour Hersh's expose of Abu Ghraib torture.. though their impact was reduced in 2004 by US government position that these were a “few bad apples”.
Revelations from WikiLeaks could change policy and change the state of the war, says Stefania Maurizi.

Italy is the only country in the world which has convicted US citizens – almost all of them CIA officers – in relation to extraordinary rendition. See the case of Abu Omar,..
...was kidnapped in Milan in 2003 and he was later tortured, Italy commenced an investigation 26 US citizens… extradition procedure was thwarted. They were nonetheless convicted in 2012 – 2013. None served a day. US refused to assist and the CIA officers and others received...
...a presidential pardon, an act later condemned by the European Court.
WikiLeaks provided indisputable evidence of US pressure on Italian authorities to thwart the investigation and prosecution of the CIA officers responsible as well as the complicity of then Prime Minister Berlusconi...
...Without the WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables, it would have been impossible to be fully aware of the facts of this situation.
Stefania Maurizi confirms the seriousness with which Mr Assange and WikiLeaks took in resepct of security and redaction of potentially sensitive information which could unduly lead to harm of innocents.
Ms Maurizi's work started in January 2011. 9 months later in October she was still analysing the cables. She worked with WikiLeaks on appropriate redactions. She was given an encrypted USB stick. A password given after arriving in Italy....
She was aware of the password David Leigh was given by Julian Assange. Her password "was not the same one". This is the first time Ms Maurizi had worked with an organisation that had such strict security guidlines. This was "considerably beyond" anything else she had experienced.
Even work done by close colleagues of Ms Maurizi covering the Italian mafia, which required serious security measures, never reached these levels, Ms Maurizi says.
When she learned that David Leigh and Luke Harding had published the password in their book, even the part Mr Assange hadn’t written down, she wondered if they understood the procedure at all. "Keeping passwords private is a very basic security measure", she said.
Stefania Maurizi was with Assange on 26 of August, the day after the Der Freitag article, revealing that a password to the unredacted cables was available. She encountered enormous concern on the part of Mr Assange & anevery widening awareness that the files, until then secret,..
...would nonetheless become public

WikiLeaks could not have remedied the situation. Julian was clearly acutely troubled by the situation after Cryptome had been published the cables. Every possible step had been taking…
...Assange was himself was making urgent texts to inform the state department the information was out of WikiLeaks' control.
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill's statement briefly addressed. He was UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He visited Ecuador's embassy, where Mr Assange was w/ assylum. Later discovered that what he thought were private conversations were spied upon by UC Global, who were acting for the CIA.
Robert J Boyle's statement is being summarised. He's a US lawyer & has written on misuse of federal grand juries. It includes details on Chelsea Manning, including her statement to the her court martial court from February 2013 & why she disclosed information to WikiLeaks....
Grand juries have been (mis)used to collect evidence (despite the historic prohibition on that use) to compell people to give testimony against their will despite the right against self-incrimination. GJ secrecy, neither the court nor public, can engage how they are used & abused
including to disrupt political activities and criminalise political movements. Especially those on 'the Left'. A witness held in civil contempt for failing to cooperate with the grand jury, can be jailed for the length of the grand jury, and can be brought back asked...
...the same questions... and jailed again. There is "no upper limit" in criminal contempt.
Manning through counsel filed a motion to quash the subpena for her to testify before a Grand Jury targeting Mr Assange. She argued that it was a further punishment for her leaking to WikiLeaks and gave a full statement at her court martial. She asserted the US govt. sought...
...to set a 'purjury trap'. Following this she was detained at the ADC in Virginia. Once there she was placed in solitary confinement despite the stated concerns of the effect of prolonged isolation resulting from trauma from previous confinement.
Initially after arriving at ADC the jail placed Manning in admin segregation despite concerns from lawyers. She stayed there for 28 days w/o any misbehaviour...experienced difficulty attention on anything, anxiety, and a spiralling inability to handle symptoms, vomited...
...on the floor after succumbing to vertigo.

Manning was again dragged back into prison after another grand jury proceedings were initiated after she was ultimately released on the basis that no amount of incarceration would compel her to speak to the grand jury...
... Court denied motion to quash and found her in contempt and ordered her jailed for life of grand jury. Fine of £500 p/day eventually to £1,000 per day....
...It was clear sole and dominate purpose of the Grand Jury subpoena was to gather evidence against Mr Assange (not a lawful use of GJs), Manning said in a statement to the US court which had imprisoned her. Motion denied. She remained incarcerated.
A second statement is being read from Robert Boyle. The statement notes how Manning continued to be incarcerated and was kept in ‘deplorable conditions’.
A statement from Nils Melzer, UN torture expert, in terms of treatment of Manning, is quoted in the Boyle statement being summarised by a member of the defence. A further application noted after nearly 1 year in prison, Manning attempted to take her life.
US court ultimately dismissed the Grand Jury on the basis that it was no longer needed and Manning was released. She nonetheless faces a fine of £256,000. therealnews.com/chelsea-mannin…
A statement from a jury consultant and expert is now explaining the jury pool that would fill a jury in a trial against Mr Assange if he is tried in the US. The indictment against him is filed in Alexandria, Virginia.
Main employers in counties from which jury pool would come in any prosecution against Mr Assange for his role in publishing classified US docs exposing war crimes: CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, DoD, US Army Intelligence & Security Command, military contractors like Booz Allen.. &
Northrup Grumman.
A statement of one of the anonymised members of security firm UC Global (translated from Spanish) is being read out by Mark Summers QC. UC Global was hired to provide security for Ecuadorian Embassy and president's daughters London.
Employees with Spanish nationality able to move freely and reside in the UK by virtue of their EU citizenship. To work unempeeded.
After CEO David Morales travelled to US UC Global obtained a flashy contract. Sands… whose proximity to Donald Trump is well known. Contract did not make sense because purpose was to provide security to a boat belonging to Mr Adelson. But it already had security.
This statement along with another statement from another UC Global ex-employee make clear that UC Global was being directed to film, record, Mr Assange and all of his visitors, and his lawyers being given special attention, all with the US government/Intel at the helm.
Further details to be discussed later, hopefully after I have been sent the statements themselves.

Noam Chomskey's statement is now being summarised.
Chomsky: Mr Assange's alleged crime is to lift the veil of secrecy that permits power to be subject to scrutiny and potentially evaporate. In courageously upholding beliefs most of us profess to share.. in turn have lead to him to be pursued in a cruel and intolerable manner.
Assange's Lawyers 'Priority Targets' of US-Backed Espionage of Ecuadorian Embassy, Court Told

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