“The activities that #JulianAssange engaged in are activities that journalists engage in all the time. We wouldn’t have information without them”
@JuliaHall18 @amnesty

#Assange will hear the verdict on his extradition to the US today
2/. 9HRS - "#Assange, is at glaring risk that he would be put into a maximum-security prison & subjected to Special Administrative Measures"

"If the decision comes to extradite him, we'll come out very strongly against it" @JuliaHall18 @amnesty @AJEnglish
3/. 8HRS - It's staggering little most people know about the #Assange case & it's importance for the protection of those who publish leaked/classified information that is in the public interest

But before people can care, they need to know what's at stake

The US govt is not only charging a publisher who has no non-disclosure obligation but a publisher who is not a US citizen & not in the US.

They are behaving as if they have jurisdiction all over the world & can pursue any journalist/publisher.
5/ “I’m here today for the same reason I was in Iraq...I think that sooner or later truth will prevail”

Eric Levy, 92, at #Assange hearing 7/9/20

Eric went to Iraq in 2003 as a Human Shield to try & stop the illegal war & stayed in a Baghdad power station throughout Shock & Awe
6/. “We’ve been approached a 3rd & 4th time by police, now more hostile. More people have gathered near court & police have stated anyone who is “part of a group’ that doesn’t go home will face arrest.” Tweet by @rebecca_vincent of @RSF_en while queuing to attend #Assange verdict
7/. A vehicle that some think is carrying #JulianAssange has just arrived at the Old Bailey from Belmarsh prison for the verdict in his extradition hearing. #Assange #AssangeCase #BREAKING #DontExtraditeAssange
8/. #JulianAssange’s partner, @StellaMoris1 walks, dignified, into the Old Bailey, flanked by Editor-in-Chief of @wikileaks, @khrafnsson, and surrounded by a scrum of photographers.
#DontExtraditeAssange #Assange #AssangeCase
9/. “Why am I here? How many times can I say it. I can say it a million times. I can say it until I’m dead. I’m hear for humanity & the survival of humanity.”
Eric Levy, 92, awaiting the #JulianAssange extradition verdict outside the Old Bailey.
#DontExtraditeAssange #Assange
10/. “The persecution of whistleblowers must end!...There are many Julian Assanges!”

A man draped in a Union Jack outside the the Old Bailey, where founder of @wikileaks, #Assange, will find out shortly the verdict in his extradition hearing
#DontExtraditeAssange #JulianAssange
11/. It appears that the man draped in the Union Jack has received a spot fine

Protests are banned under Tier 4 & only journalists are allowed to outside the court

“The fine is £100 if you pay within 28 days, but if we issue you with a fine & you don’t move on we’ll arrest you”
12/. The police have checked my ID four times

The fact that I’m covering the #Assange extradition verdict for @amnesty didn’t cut it

Luckily, I’ve also got a press card

The last policeman spotted that my card expired 3 months ago...but I’m still here. #DontExtraditeAssange
13/. #JulianAssange will NOT be extradited to the US!!!

The judge ends her summing up saying she is satisfied that procedures described by US would not prevent Assange from finding a way to commit suicide in US supermax prison. #BREAKING #BreakingNews #Assange
14/ #BREAKING: Judge rules against US extradition of #JulianAssange, contending extradition would be oppressive by reason of #Assange’s mental health

The US government is going to immediately appeal

Incredible, joyful scenes outside the court. No one was expecting this!
15/. #BREAKING: #JulianAssange’s Defence team have lodged a bail application to see if #Assange can now be released on bail

The judge won’t rule on bail today but @CraigMurrayOrg says it should happen v soon

“There’s a good chance we should have him walking among us this week.”
16/. “We welcome the decision not to extradite #JulianAssange on the grounds of his serious mental health condition, but we have serious concerns about the substance of the judgment.” @RSF_en’s @rebecca_vincent steps out of court to update us on what happens next with #Assange.
17/. “We welcome the fact that #JulianAssange will not be sent to the USA & that the acknowledged that due to his health, he’d be at risk of ill-treatment in the US. But the charges against him should never have been brought in the first place.” @amnesty
18/. “The fact that the ruling is correct & saves #Assange from extradition, doesn’t absolve the UK from having engaged in this politically-motivated process at the behest of the US & putting media freedom & freedom of expression on trial” @amnesty’s Nils Muižnieks #JulianAssange
19/. “Julians freedoms are tied to all our freedoms, and those freedoms are lost in the blink of an eye.”

#JulianAssange’s partner, @StellaMoris1, addresses the media after #Assange’s extradition verdict.
20/. #JulianAssage’s defence team will lodge an appeal on Wednesday

Journalists & jubilant crowd are now starting to disperse

Julian #Assange has been taken back to Belmarsh high security prison

(N.B. Footage above👆was filmed wearing a mask & observing social distancing).
21/. “Amnesty International has long criticised the US penal system as a source of ill-treatment.”

Nils Muiznieks, @amnesty’s Europe Director, on today’s very welcome decision not to extradite #Assange to the US. #JulianAssange #DontExtraditeAssange
22/. For a detailed analysis of the #AssangeCase judgment & the next steps in the campaign, see this discussion with with @rebecca_vincent (@RSF_inter), @khrafnsson (@wikileaks) & @CraigMurrayOrg convened by @DEAcampaign

Sadly, I wasn't able to attend
23/. "We'll give him protection"

Mexico's President, Andrés Obrador, offers political asylum to #JulianAssange

In 2014, @snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year

Three months ago, he was granted unlimited permanent Russian residency.
24/. “Given the gravity of this case & its importance to press freedom, it’s scandalous - yet revealing - how little attention US media paid to it, barely covering the proceedings” @ggreenwald

Since you may struggle to this in MSM, see @RSF_en’s analysis
25/. US govt’s pursuit of #Assange is nothing short of a full-scale assault on the right to freedom of expression

It is an attack on journalists who expose official wrongdoing by publishing info disclosed by credible sources

And it is an attack on us all

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JOURNALIST: Why, after 10 months, are there still no checks at airports?

@BorisJohnson: Um...er...We will be bringing in measures to...um...er...to ensure that we...err...test people coming into this country & prevent the virus...er...being re-admitted.

@piersmorgan last July👇
The PM, #BorisJohnson, also says at the start of his answer👆
“Just to repeat, schools are safe” on the same day he just introduced a new #lockdown & shut down schools because they’re not safe.
#Lockdown3 #schoolclosures #COVID19 #coronavirus #HerdImmunityScandal #covidbriefing
#BorisJohnson makes clear his strategy is sometimes to PRETEND not to know what's going on so that when he ACTUALLY doesn’t know, people won’t be able to tell the difference

The trouble is that we can ALL tell

Is the #BumblingStrategy really govt policy?
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3 Jan
1/. “The more you refuse to hear my voice
The louder I will sing
You hide behind walls of Jericho
Your lies will come tumbling”

Two things human rights abusers around the world should know:

1. We’re onto you

2. “That which has hardened will never win”.
2/. The thing is, as they sit in their mansions surrounded by fences & flunkies, they already know - deep in their souls - that they have already lost

The “that which has hardened will never win” line is from Andrei Tarkovsky👇& it is a good one to remember in darker times.
3/. “Because what has hardened will never win” is the last line.

Note, it is “will never win” not “can never win” or “may never win”

It is especially important if you are:

1. one of the good people filled with despair

2. one of the bad people filled with arrogance & fear.
Read 4 tweets
2 Jan
1/. NYE in Rio on the day Brazil’s #COVID19 death toll hit 195,000

Brazil has the world’s 3rd worst outbreak outside US & India

Is it a coincidence that these countries are run by populist nationalists?

Palantir are big in Brazil

Are they in India?👇
2/. In 2017, Steve Bannon asked @Nigel_Farage be part of a "convening authority" to "knit together a populist nationalist movement around the world".

He mentions Modi in India, but Bolsonaro in Brazil, Trump in US & Johnson in UK would also be part of it.
3/. Why were some of the most advanced economies in the world so woefully unprepared for #COVID?

The parallels btw UK & US flawed COVID strategies are uncannily similar:
- ignoring WHO warnings
- late lockdown
- lack of PPE
- introducing face masks on the same day, 4 months late
Read 13 tweets
27 Dec 20
1/. On New Year’s Eve last year, I sent a post-midnight cartoon to friends with a message saying hold on tight & enjoy the ride & a Rilke quote: “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."

Nothing could have prepared us for what lay in store. #COVID19
2/. We’d hardly had a chance to recover from our hangovers before US assassinated General Soleimani, dramatically escalating tensions with #Iran

Until 20 January & Trump's departure, a danger of "Rapture-believing" hawks launching strikes on Iran remains.
3/. At the time of the Iran airstrike - while @BorisJohnson was holidaying on a private Caribbean island with his pregnant girlfriend - another crisis was brewing: #COVID19

@MattHancock says he knew about COVID at the v start of January & informed the PM.
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25 Dec 20
1/. “Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, & it’s too much. Then I remember to relax, & stop trying to hold onto it & then it flows through me like rain, & I can’t feel anything but gratitude - for every single moment of my stupid, little life.”
2/. This clip👆shows the journey of the Hubble telescope, ending at the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula - 6,500 light years from earth

The pillars are made of hydrogen & dust. The tallest is one 1000x taller than our solar system

“Peace on Earth & goodwill to all man.” Image
3/. “If you’re going to try, go all the way.
There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.
It’s the only good fight there is.”

(Charles Bukowski, Factotum, 1975) Image
Read 4 tweets
23 Dec 20

Terry Jones, @montypython, not only filled the world with laughter, but also fought against injustice.

In 2003, ahead of the Iraq war his article exposed not only the illegality but the absurdity of an invasion & in 2005 he almost ran against Blair.
2). Andrew Mlangeni, who died aged 95, was the last surviving member of the Rivonia trial convicted & jailed for 26 years with Mandela

In 2018, aged 88, he came to @fisahara film festival

Six grueling days in a desert refugee camp

I only saw him smile!
3/. Another Rivonia defendant, Denis Goldberg who spent 22 years in prison after being sentenced with Mandela died, also died this year, aged 87

This clip shows him back in the courtroom where he & Rivonia defendants expected to be sentenced to death.
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