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Oct 1, 2020 32 tweets 9 min read Read on X
1. I’m ready to report on what is likely to be the final day of the Julian #Assange extradition hearing. Yesterday we heard shocking revelations by a former #UCGlobal employee who’s currently a protected witness:#UCGlobal boss discussed with *American friends* plans to poison JA
2. Hearing will restart at 11.30 am London-time
3. as we wait for the Julian #Assange extradition hearing restarting, I just want to reply to people asking me: as a journalist who visited JA in the embassy many times, had you noticed anything disquieting happening? Yes, I had
4. when last year I discovered how I had been a target and, among other things, my phones were unscrewed, I started analysing the weird things I had noticed, like disruption of my communications: phone calls and emails
5. I remember that in Nov 2018,after visiting Julian #Assange in the embassy for writing this article for my former newspaper,La Repubblica,my former editors at Repubblica claimed they had tried to call me and email for two days with no result [ARCHIVE]:…
6. extradition hearing just restarted
7. hearing will resume at 2 pm London-time
8. we are waiting for the hearing to restart at 2 pm London-time
9. what I find it jaw-dropping about the prosecution's arguments on #UCGlobal:Prosecution argues there is basically no problem if the investigation on #UCGlobal confirms that US acquired advanced info on JA's legal strategy thanks to #UCGlobal's spying activities:US won't use it
10. I'm not exaggerating: this is what Kromberg argues in his statements: if US actually got legally privileged info thanks to #UCGlobal's spying, US won't use it against JA. Imagine if police catch a thief who stole millions $ and the thief tells police:I won't use that money
11. hearing restarts
12. US counsel is objecting to last minute witness statements. Mark Summers (JA defence) clarifies that the last minute witness statements are NOT last minute at all, as they were submitted to CPS at 1 pm
13. well, another break: hearing will resume in 30 min
14. as we wait for the hearing to resume, my UK #FOIA lawyers, @estelledehon and @suigenerisjen, just notified me unprecedented developments in my #FOIA litigation on #WikiLeaks: we will make info public as soon as possible
15. we just learned hearing will resume at 2.50 pm London-time
16. hearing restarts. Mark Summers (JA defence) reads Michael Tigar's witness statement. A US lawyer, he contributed to expose #Watergate scandal
17. apologies: Twitter blackout on my side.
Michael Tigar's witness statement highlighted the ethical and historical significance of info disclosed by #WikiLeaks, such as #Iraq Rules of Engagement and #Guantanamo Detainees Assessments
18. back online, after twitter crashed
18. back online, after twitter crashed
19. Gareth Peirce's witness statement details the appalling targeting of her legal meetings inside the Embassy: no info from US authorities on whether the legally privileged materials handed to the US by #Ecuador will be returned
20. next witness statement: @AitorxMartinez, a Spanish lawyer working for Baltasar Garzon's firm, working on the #UCGlobal case. The statement is about the Spanish criminal investigation on #UCGlobal
21. "next 3 witness statements are less easy", Mark Summers: one is an additional statement from Gareth Peirce
22. other two witness statements: a second statement from Bridget Prince, who investigated links between UC Global and Sheldon Adelson
23. James Lewis, US counsel, objects to the use of these new witness statements
24. James Lewis, US counsel, asks the judge to refuse these new statements submitted "at the 11th hour"
25. Vanessa Baraitser: I express my concern about the (JA) defence introducing new evidence
26: rather cryptic arguments on whether to admit some new evidence: the judge asked for 15 min to read the materials. Another break
27. note:consider in the past days the prosecution even objected to evidence on #UCGlobal because prosecution sees it as not really relevant to the US extradition case. Today Mark Summers(JA defense) told the judge that a verdict on #UCGlobal might be issued before her ruling
28. judge Baraitser rejects JA defence's request to admit a new Gareth Peirce's statement dealing with excissing conducts alleged in the second superseding indictment
29. judge Baraitser: ruling will be issued the 4th of January 2021
30. the Julian #Assange extradition hearing is over: there will be a new administrative hearing the 29th Oct, and the verdict will be issued the 4th Jan. 2021
31. It sounds weird to me that the verdict for such an important case as the extradition to the US of a publisher and journalist who revealed #warcrimes will take as little as the judgement for my FOIA appeal at the London Upper Tribunal

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Feb 21
This morning I am sitting in the UK #HighCourt in #London to cover the Julian #Assange extradition hearing.
Yesterday we journalists were assigned to a Victorian gallery, no table to take notes, use our laptops,NO chance to hear and see what was being discussed in court
Yesterday we heard the arguments of the #JA defense,including 2 key ones:
1) U.S.charges could be reformulated so that #DeathPenalty applies
2) U.S. made repeated references to the fact that #FirstAmendment does NOT apply to #JA
In both cases, NO guarantees were provided by U.S.
This morning we'll hear the arguments by the U.S. authorities.
Note:U.S. authorities do NOT act directly in this #Extradition hearing, they act through the UK #CrowProsecutionService, the same authority with which I am engaged in a FOIA litigation: they destroyed documents on #JA
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1. stasera non perdete una potente inchiesta @reportrai3 di @DProcaccianti sul progetto su cui #Salvini ha puntato tutto: il #PonteSulloStretto.

abbiamo scavato nei cablo di #WikiLeaks, scoprendo chi è l'azienda che fa tutta assistenza tecnica: #Parsons…
2. nei #cablo di #WikiLeaks abbiamo scoperto che nel 1974 #Kissinger aveva chiesto ai suoi diplomatici a Roma e Palermo di prendere informazioni,perché azienda americana di Blair Birdsall,leggendario ingegnere dei ponti tra cui #GoldenBridge,era interessata alla progettazione Image
3. allora ci siamo a scavare su questa azienda americana del 1974 di Blair Birdsall segnalata da #Kissinger: abbiamo scoperto che nel 1988 è stata acquisita da #ParsonsTrasportationGroup…
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1. oggi #MarcoTravaglio scrive della trasformazione di #Repubblica sotto #Elkann-#Molinari:…
2. credo che uno dei cambiamenti più vistosi e che lasciano senza parole sia quello su Julian #Assange e #WikiLeaks: per 10 anni il gruppo #Repubblica-#Espresso ha goduto degli scoop di #WikiLeaks, come nessun quotidiano al mondo
3. con gli scoop di #WikiLeaks, #Repubblica-#Espresso hanno avuto un indubbio vantaggio competitivo. Ci aspetterebbe, per un gesto di decenza umana e professionale, di leggere su #Repubblica e l'#Espresso UNA riga di condanna dell'inumazione da vivo di Julian #Assange. MAI una
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1.ho letto con interesse l'articolo di @DLuttazzi che cita cablo #WikiLeaks sul #PD

Vorrei chiarire:la definizione del #PD come "operazione di contenimento della sinistra in Italia" è MIA sintesi delle parole dell'ambasciatore USA Spogli,che sono queste:…
2.nel 2008,l'allora ambasciatore Usa a Roma,Spogli, scriveva:
"Un forte #PD è negli interesse degli Stati Uniti,perché è un partito di CENTRO-SINISTRA,che isola gli elementi più populisti e acutamente a sinistra che hanno creato problemi in modo consistente nel centrosinistra" Image
3. è chiaro il significato delle affermazioni dell'ambasciatore americano Spogli: un forte #PD che isoli gli elementi più a sinistra è negli interessi degli Stati Uniti=è negli interessi degli USA un #PD che faccia da operazione di contenimento della sinistra in Italia Image
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Per capire, bisogna tornare ai file di #Snowden:…
è il 2013, grazie ai file di #Snowden riveliamo su l'Espresso che #Sparkle è nei file perché 2 grandi autostrade delle comunicazioni telefoniche e internet, ovvero 2 cavi sottomarini a fibra ottica #SeaMeWe3 e #SeaMeWe4 sono tra i cavi spiati dall'operazione #Tempora
vi devo linkare mia esclusiva del 2013 per l'#Espresso sui file di #Snowden e #Sparkle dal mio sito personale, invece che da quello de l'Espresso, perché il sito de l'Espresso è nel caos dopo la vendita e non si trovano articoli:…
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