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The Assange Defense Committee is a national coalition fighting to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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1 Oct
Day 18: Julian Assange's resumed extradition hearing. Expecting final witness statements today. #AssangeCase
Defense is explaining to the judge that the parties need a little more time to agree to 2 witnesses' statements, then give an update on the Spanish case (Embassy spying), then make a final submission on the additions to the latest indictment.
We'll break for an hour and a half and the parties will give an update on progress on these matters.
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30 Sep
Day 17: Julian Assange's resumed extradition hearing. We expect multiple witness statements will be read aloud this morning, and then Guantanamo Bay prison expert @GuantanamoAndy will be called in the afternoon session. #AssangeCase
Defense is reading from/summarizing a witness statement from war reporter Patrick Cockburn. He was in Kabul when the war logs were released and he says they confirmed civilian casualties he and other journalists suspected.
Cockburn's statement includes the importance of the war logs and Collateral Murder video to prove these incidents in the face of official denial.
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29 Sep
Day 16 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. Today we'll have more testimony on prison conditions in the U.S. and what it would mean to send Assange there. #AssangeCase
Today we'll first have remote testimony from Maureen Baird, a former warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. Baird has testified in other extradition cases about the inhumane conditions of US prisons and the inability to keep prisoners safe.
In the Lauri Love case, the U.K.’s High Court overturned the lower court judge’s ruling because the judge relied too heavily on the assurances that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons could provide adequate mental health care. (See more from day 13 assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…)
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28 Sep
Day 15 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing and the beginning of the last week of testimony. See all of our daily #AssangeCase reports collected here: assangedefense.org/live-blog/
Today we expect testimony from Joel Sickler and Yancey Ellis, on the prison conditions Assange would face pre- and post-trial in the United States if he is extradited.
At issue in their testimony is whether extraditing Assange to the U.S. would be "unjust or oppressive" and whether he would be subjected to "torture" or "inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment". From our report on Dr. Kopelman's testimony on day 11:
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25 Sep
Day 14: Julian Assange's extradition hearing. Today we expect testimony from Patrick Eller, digital forensics expert, on the computer crime charge and the alleged agreement between Assange & Chelsea Manning to crack a password in 2010. #AssangeCase
Mark Summers for the defense says the prosecution provided its bundle for Eller, challenging claims in his statements, at 11:30pm last night. He has gotten up at 5:00am to testify and has had about 5 minutes to review these documents... Defense asks for an hour for him to review.
Patrick Ellers will argue, Summers says, that the allegation against Assange regarding the password cracking issue is not possible, and if it were it was not used for the purpose the government alleges.

Judge grants 50 more minutes for Ellers to review.
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24 Sep
Day 13: Julian Assange's extradition hearing. Expecting more medical testimony today, from Dr. Blackwood and Dr. Sondra Crosby. #AssangeCase
The prosecution calls Dr Blackwood to the stand, just sworn in now, consultant forensic psychiatrist with the NHS. He's made a report for this case, prosecutor James Lewis is taking him through it now
Once again we may summarize the proceedings more than provide exact detail out of respect for Assange's privacy. Relevant for the case: Dr Blackwood finds Assange to be moderately depressed and able to manage his risk of suicide. This differs from the findings of defense doctors
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23 Sep
Day 12: Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. We expect more medical testimony today from Australian psychiatrist Paul Mullen. #AssangeCase
Potentially more sensitive material will be discussed today that we may summarize rather than describe in detail for reasons of privacy. Court has commenced, the parties are talking about evidence that goes to Assange's suicidal ideation in Belmarsh.
Now on the stand is Dr Quinton Deeley, National Health Service psychiatrist who specializes in autism, ADHD, & other mental health issues
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22 Sep
Day 11: Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. Today we'll hear testimony from Professor Michael Kopelman, who is being sworn in live in court right now. #AssangeCase
Dr Kopelman is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
To protect Assange's privacy, defense lawyer Ed Fitzgerald has requested press use caution when presenting details on his findings. Dr Kopelman has visited Assange multiple times and his testifying about Assange's mental health
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21 Sep
Day 10: live tweets from Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London. #AssangeCase
First up today is Prof. Christian Grothoff, testifying by remote video on the publication of the unredacted cables, being sworn in now.
Grothoff is testifying about his research into the publication, using materials publicly available at the time. Mark Summers for the defense taking Grothoff through the timeline, starting with Guardian's David Leigh receiving the encrypted files in summer 2010
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18 Sep
Day 9: Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. This morning's witness is Nicholas Hager, a New Zealand journalist with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. #AssangeCase
Hager reported on New Zealand cables in the WikiLeaks files. Says leaked classified documents are essential to journalism
On every controversial story I've written, governments claim there will be harm as a result. After these accusations, some years pass and I later learn the military are reading my books
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17 Sep
Day 8: Julian Assange's extradition hearing. Today we expect testimony from Carey Shenkman, human rights attorney and expert on the Espionage Act, and John Sloboda, from Iraq Body Count. #AssangeCase
Yesterday we heard from Dan Ellsberg, on his experience under the Espionage Act:

"I did not have a fair trial, no one since me had a fair trial on these charges, and Julian Assange cannot remotely get a fair trial under those charges if he were tried.”

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We also heard from John Goetz, who spoke about WikiLeaks' harm-minimization process of redactions and who explained that Guardian journalists' publishing of a password in their book was to blame for unredacted cables being released. #AssangeCase assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…
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16 Sep
Day 7: Julian Assange's extradition hearing thread. We're expecting testimony from John Goetz, Der Spiegel journalist who worked with WikiLeaks in 2010, and Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower. #AssangeCase
Yesterday's report on testimony from defense attorneys Eric Lewis and Thomas Durkin, testifying about Trump's politicized prosecution and the conditions Assange would face in the US: assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…
If Goetz's testimony does not take too long, either the defense will read other statements in court or will get to spend some time with Julian.
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15 Sep
Julian Assange's extradition hearing, day 6 thread. We expect to see more testimony from @Reprieve attorney Eric Lewis today. #AssangeCase
Yesterday's report: Eric Lewis: Julian Assange shouldn’t be extradited, would face solitary confinement in the United States

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Prosecution resumes cross-examination of Lewis. Picks up where we left off, at the case of Ahmad in the European Court of Human Rights, dealing with solitary confinement in the United States -- believe that ruling is here: hudoc.echr.coe.int/fre#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-110267%22]}
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14 Sep
Day 5 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing is resuming now, we'll live-tweet at this thread. Julian is not yet in the dock but the judge has entered and defense lawyer Ed Fitzgerald stands to note that they will call Eric Lewis to the stand today. #AssangeCase
Julian enters the courtroom, handcuffs jangling. Defense lawyer Mark Summers is speaking to the judge, asking for everyone in the courtroom to wear masks when not addressing the judge/speaking. Julian, members of the prosecution and defense are wearing masks.
Judge says she's not required to order people to wear a face covering but wearing one is at everyone's discretion. Julian must be given the option to wear a mask if he wishes to
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11 Sep
Julian Assange Lays Out His Case Against US Extradition
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"The most salient things for me are the freedom of speech and the right to publish information that is critical to the public’s ability to understand and evaluate what the government is doing in their name." - CFAA lawyer @TorEkelandPLLC
On top of those free speech arguments, the newest details in the defense's argument serve as evidence of Assange's declining mental health.
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10 Sep
Day 4 of Julian Assange's resumed extradition hearing -- we'll live-tweet at this thread #AssangeCase

Yesterday's report: Paul Rogers on Trump’s politically motivated prosecution, & @trevortimm: These charges would ‘radically rewrite’ the First Amendment assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…
It seems a case management hearing is about to begin. Prosecutors are trying to connect to the court remotely. Assange's defense team is in the court, as is the judge, working out technical issues with videolink. #AssangeCase
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9 Sep
Day 3: Julian Assange extradition hearing -- we expect to hear testimony from Paul Rogers, emeritus professor of peace studies at Bradford University, and possibly Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower #AssangeCase
Professor Rogers is taking the stand. He's been asked to talk about Julian Assange's political views and statements.
Rogers is testifying that he sees Assange's views as in contrast to those of successive US administrations, particularly the Trump admin
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8 Sep
Day 2 of Julian Assange's resumed extradition hearing will begin 30 minutes later today (10:30am London time) as defense counsel speaks to Julian before court gets started. #AssangeCase
Later this afternoon we'll have continued testimony from journalism professor Mark Feldman, who yesterday testified to how essential leaks are to journalism and the fact that the First Amendment protects publishing: assangedefense.org/live-blog-entr…
See Professor Feldstein's submitted witness statement here: defend.wikileaks.org/wp-content/upl… #AsangeCase
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7 Sep
Full thread of today's Julian Assange extradition hearing:
Thank you to all who shared our coverage and helped us spread the news of Assange's hearing despite the shadowban that we hope is lifted by tomorrow's court time. #AssangeCase
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7 Sep
Julian is now in the courtroom. Judge Vanessa Baraitser is confirming that he has been re-arrested & whether the new extradition request has been served to the defendant & the previous one has been withdrawn. Working out the formalities of the process live in court. #AssangeCase
Defense lawyer Ed Fitzgerald says this is the first time he's seen Julian in 6 months. The court asks if Assange "consents to be extradited." Julian says, "No." #AssangeCase
Judge discussing the rules binding those following the case remotely, says she's refused access to some non-press members of the public. Says a legal challenge would likely fail on open justice grounds. Reviews which countries are under #covid19 travel restrictions #AssangeCase
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