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28 Oct
Day 2 of the USA v #Assange Appeal will begin soon and we'll be hearing from the defence. You can read their arguments here:
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Follow our tweets from the courtroom on this thread.
We are in the courtroom. About to start.
All rise.

Edward Fitzgerald for the defense, who will be dealing with psychiatric issue. Mr #Assange does not wish to attend.
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27 Oct
#JulianAssange is no doubt on his way to the High Court for the USA v Assange Appeal, starting 10.30am BST. We will be connected to the hearing via video link and live-tweeting on this thread.
The Appeal will be heard by Lord Justice Holroyde and Lord Chief Justice Burnett.
We now have view on a small room with a door, possibly through which #Assange will enter.
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11 Aug
The #JulianAssange High Court hearing before Lord Justice Holyrode and Mrs Justice Farbey will begin soon.

We will be live-tweeting on this thread.
@unjoe @CathyVoganSPK @ElizabethleaVos @DEAcampaign @wikileaks @WilkieMP @JulianHillMP @people4assange @deepa_driver @BillHog15360397 We are in the #Assange courtroom video link and can see Edward Fitzgerald (defense) and Clair Dobbin (prosecution). Ten minutes to go.
We have a camera close-up on #JulianAssange, wearing a mask and glasses. Court rise...
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27 Jan
We're standing by in the virtual courtroom for @CraigMurrayOrg's trial to begin. Our tweets will be on this thread. More info on the case can be found at craigmurray.org.uk
Presiding are Lord Turnbull, Lord Menzies and Lady Dorian. Court its now in session.

#CraigMurray
No further information to be submitted. John Scott is speaking. Affidavits have been submitted. Lady Dorian discussing relevance. The respondent is willing to give evidence.
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6 Jan
We'll be live-tweeting from the #JulianAssange courtroom again today on this thread.

Starts: 10am BST / 9pm AEST / 5am EST

At 3pm GMT #CNLive! will speak with @johnpilger & @rogerwaters about the outcome.

This👇WILL be the link after the hearing:
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We are in the virtual court room. Judge Baraitser has arrived. Awaiting #Assange.

US prosecutor has said it is uncertain whether the US will continue with the extradition effort:

Camera is panning around Court 1 at Westminster Magistrates Court. Few people in attendance. #Assange has not yet arrived.
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4 Jan
We are in the virtual courtroom for #JulianAssange's extradition judgement. Our tweets will be on this thread and #CNLive! will go to air 30 minutes after the hearing concludes.
The image we see is a close-up of the dock. Empty as yet...

#Assange
#JulianAssange has not yet arrived.
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30 Sep 20
We'll be connecting to the #Assange courtroom soon & live tweeting on this thread. Today's witness is expected to be Andy Worthington.

See you at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's account of the day's proceedings.

Court in session.
Statement from journalist Patrick Cockburn, Middle-East correspondent & writer on wars in Iraq & Afghanistan since 1977. He & other journalists on the ground suspected but could not prove - until @WikiLeaks revelations - that many civilians were being killed.
Cockburn reported on the 'Collateral Murder' & the shooting of the wounded, inc the Reuters journalist Saeed Chmagh.
The US claimed @Wikileaks caused harm but efforts to find victims have failed. @Wikileaks made every effort to redact names. Unredacted cables published by others.
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29 Sep 20
Day 16 of the #JulianAssange extradition hearing will begin soon. Our live tweets will be on this thread.

Join us on #CNLive! at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's round-up of the day's proceedings.

Court in session. This morning's witness is Maureen Baird, who worked in the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) & as a warden who is experienced w/ Special Administrative Measures.

MB #Assange is likely to be subjected to SAMs
MB: SAMs prisoners locked in their cells 23-24 hrs/ day. They have no contact at all w/ other prisoners. They were allowed to go into another "recreation" (empty) cell. They can make 1 30' or 2 X 15' calls to approved family members per month. All mail is screened. Takes months.
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28 Sep 20
DAY 15 of the #ulianAssange extradition hearing is about to begin. Our live tweets will be on this thread.

Join us at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's live report on the day's proceedings.

As we wait for Judge Baraitser to arrive, we see that lawyer Yancey Ellis is waiting to testify. His practice appears to be based in Alexandria Virginia.

All stand...
We will hear from a representative from the press association. Fitzgerald says the defence has been unable to take instruction from Mr #Assange, so they want to hear Mr Ellis's testimony first

Before that, judge is reading the application from the press, who want more disclosure
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25 Sep 20
DAY 14 of the #Assange extradition hearing will start soon. Our live tweets are on this thread.

Join us at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's daily update on the day's proceedings.

One of today's witnesses is Patrick Eller.

Summers: At 11.30 last night we received the prosecution's bundle for witnesses. Mr Eller hasn't had a chance to read it. There has been an exchange between Eller & Kromberg & a challenge to his evidence. Eller needs an hour to read it.
Baraitser grants 1 hour. She received 2 statements last night. Questions whether they can be admitted. Lewis will give an answer today.

Now speaking about what journalists can disclose. Nothing more than what is discussed in open court, acc to defence.
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24 Sep 20
DAY 13 of the #JulianAssange extradition hearing will begin soon. Our live tweets will be on this thread.

Join us at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's live report on the day's proceedings.

Today's witnesses are expected to be be Dr Blackwood & Dr Sondra Crosby. Judge arrives.
Dr Blackwood his seen #Assange at Belmarsh & found him moderately depressed but he believes there has been improvement & Belmarsh has been managing this.
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23 Sep 20
DAY 12 of #JulianAssange's extradition hearing is about to start. Our live tweets are on this thread.

Join us at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's daily report on #CNLive!

Today's witnesses are expected to be Dr Quinton Deeley, an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the National Autism Unit, Adult ADHD Service, and Behavioural Genetics and Autism Assessment Clinic & Paul Mullen, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Monash Uni, Melbourne.
Court in session. Evidence of alarming prison incident is handed to Judge Baraitser. It concerned a razor blade found in #Assange's cell. lewis was trying to imply yesterday this never happened, but there was a report & charges associated w/ this incident.
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22 Sep 20
DAY 11 of #JulianAssange's extradition starting soon. Our live tweets are on this thread.

Join us live at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria's daily courtroom report.

We're in the virtual courtroom, awaiting Judge Baraitser. Camera swings to #JulianAssange, wearing a mask.

Judge arrives
Todays witness is Professor Michael Kopelman. He is in the courtroom, on the stand. He is is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London.
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21 Sep 20
DAY 10 of #JulianAssange's extradition hearing will begin in 1 hour. Our live tweets will be on this thread.

Join @Consortiumnews editor-in-chief Joe Lauria @unjoe at 5pm BST on #CNLive! for his daily account.

Court is in session. Mark Summers announces 1st witness is Prof Christian Grothoff, from the Bern Uni of Applied Sciences. Specialises in net security and cryptography. Has been asked to trace the publication of unredacted cables.
Prof Grothoff says his research would have been visible to anyone - "obscure but not hidden".

Defence: In summer 2010, you saw @Wikileaks shared a server with @davidleighx?

CG: Yes

Defence: Was the cable file encrypted?

CG: Yes & the files could only be accessed w/ password
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18 Sep 20
DAY 9 of the Assange extradition hearing will begin soon. The cross-examination of constitutional lawyer & Espionage Act historian, Corey Shenkman, continues.

Our live-tweets will be on this thread.
Join us at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria's round-up of the day

The judge has arrived. Edward Fitzgerald calls Nicholas Hagar. The conclusion of Corey Shenkman's testimony will continue this afternoon.
Nicky Hagar is sworn in. He was invited to comment on the 2010 publications of Guantanamo SOPs, The Afghan & Iraq Logs and the Cables.

Hagar reads that he was badly affected by his country's involvement in wars of aggression. Our work is to uphold human rights.
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17 Sep 20
DAY 8 of the #Assange hearing is about to begin.
Our tweets are on this thread.

We'll report live at 5pm BST on #CNLive!

Judge has arrived. Edward Fitzgerald requests meeting today to settle on evidence that can be read into court.
Today's first witness is Prof John Sleboda [in psychology]. has published on psychology, terrorism & armed conflict. Founder of Iraq Body Count.
Prof Sleboda is speaking about the targeting of civilians as a war crime. Knowing how one's loved ones died is a basic human need, he says. Sleboda worked w/ Iraq War Logs (which revealed 15K civilian casualties unreported by US Mil).
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16 Sep 20
Day 7 of the #Assange hearing is about to begin.
Our tweets are on this thread.

We'll report live at 5pm BST on #CNLive!

Judge has arrived. James Lewis the prosecutor has revised his time. He will be very short with the first witness, John Goetz. We see him appear onscreen.
John Goetz is a senior investigative journalist with NDR. He worked for @derspiegel from 2007-2011. His reports have won prestigious awards

In 2010 he was asked to meet w/ @Guardian & #JulianAssange to work together, reporting on the war in Afghanistan. He worked in the Bunker
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15 Sep 20
DAY 6 #Assange extradition hearing starting soon. We'll be live-tweeting on this thread.

Tune in to #CNLive at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's daily round-up.

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We have a view of the court room but they haven't connected the audio yet. Eric Lewis has taken his place.
"All stand".
Baraitser announces audio problems fixed. Eric Lewis apologises for interruption yesterday. He had an open tab where a video started playing.

James Lewis (prosecutor) addresses Eric Lewis (witness).
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14 Sep 20
Following a negative #Covid result for a member of the legal team, #JulianAssange's extradition hearing resumes. We'll be live-tweeting from the court in about 5 hours on this thread.

Join us at 5pm BST on #CNLive! for Joe Lauria @unjoe's daily update.

We are in the courtroom. Judge enters. 19 present. @Assange not yet in dock. Half the people wearing masks. A statement about #Covid protection coming soon.
#JulianAssange has arrived. Mark Summers speaking. Hard to hear. Encourages the wearing of masks. Baraitser said it is not obligatory but people welcome to do so. Summers objects to having to go close to glass to speak to Assange. Baraitser instructs jailers to get Assange a mask
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10 Sep 20
DAY 4 of the #Assange extradition hearing is about to begin.
Our live tweets will be on this thread.

At 5pm BST, Joe Lauria @unjoe's live report is on #CNLive!

Join us at 5pm BST for today's report


Playlist: Days 1-4 reports
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We have heard there is a short delay. The #Assange hearing will start somewhere between now and 10.30 BST.
The delay continues. We are waiting for Mr #Assange to be brought into the courtroom.
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9 Sep 20
We're back in court for Day 3 of the #JulianAssange extradition hearings. Our tweets will be available on this thread. Tune in to #CNLive! at 5pm BST for Joe Lauria @unjoe's daily report at the close of session.

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Judge Baraitser has entered the court and the first witness, Professor Paul Rogers, is being sworn in. He is a prof of Peace Studies at Bradford University and a widely published writer.
Prof Rogers specialises int. politics and int. security. He will talk abt #Assange's political views, which he says place him as a political opponent of his accusers.
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