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Oct 3, 2023 25 tweets 7 min read
1/ One of the world’s most prestigious general science journals, Nature, was the target of a two-year-long sustained and virulent secret attack by a conspiratorial group of extreme Brexit lobbyists with high-level political, commercial and intelligence connections. 2/ The group attempted to have Nature and its staff put under surveillance and investigated by MI5, MI6, the CIA, Mossad, and Japanese and Australian intelligence agencies. They met cabinet minister Michael Gove and asked him to arrange phone taps and electronic surveillance. Image
Aug 11, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Breaking: The high court has granted the US leave to appeal the decision not to extradite #Assange on two further grounds of appeal. This includes challenging the use of evidence from defence expert Professor Matthew Kopelman over Assange's risk of suicide if extradited. The High Court overturned a decision by Justice Jonathan Swift to reject 2 out 5 grounds of appeal put forward by the US government #Assange
Aug 11, 2021 27 tweets 9 min read
Today the US will begin the process of appealing against the UK court's decision not to extradite WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. The preliminary hearing is due to start at 10:30. I am reporting on the case by remote video link. I will post updates here. #Assange This story summarises the main issues that are expected to be raised today.

Mar 9, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
Around 1600 Belgium police raided 200 premises this morning in one of the largest police operations the country has undertaken. Belgian police have refused to confirm or deny whether the raids are linked with the compromise of the secure phone network @SkyECCofficial #Encrochat The raids took place between 0500 and 11 am this morning. More than 10 people have been arrested. @SkyECCofficial #Encrochat
Jan 27, 2021 23 tweets 24 min read
Victory for journalists, press freedom after tribunal finds there is no reason to bar people from using the UK's freedom of information act simply because they are not in the UK. @SMaurizi @estelledehon @EmmanFre @benjameslucas The decision comes after the First-Tier tribunal stayed 16 Freedom of Information by appeals by journalists and ordinary people, because they were either not UK citizens, or had UK nationality but were living abroad. @SMaurizi @estelledehon @EmmanFre @benjameslucas #FOIA
Jan 6, 2021 44 tweets 22 min read
Good morning. Today a court will decide whether Julian Assange should be released on bail from Belmarsh Prison, following the decision by Westminster Magistrate's court not to extradite him to the US on espionage charges. #Assange #Assangetrail I am joining the hearing through remove video link and will report updates here #Assange #Assangetrial #WikiLeaks
Jan 5, 2021 13 tweets 8 min read
Journalists and researchers have spoken out over a behind-the-scenes legal threat to bar people living overseas from using the UK Freedom of Information Act. #FOIA #Journalism @benjameslucas @SMaurizi @EmmanFre @manihiki @ComputerWeekly A tribunal is questioning whether people living outside the UK have legal rights to use the Freedom of Information Act. #FOIA #Journalism
Jan 4, 2021 48 tweets 24 min read
#Assange extradition verdict is due shortly. I will be reporting on the case through a remote video link to the Old Bailey. #Assange #Assangetrial We can now see the dock in court 2 of the Old Bailey as we wait for #Assange to arrive. The verdict is scheduled for an hour, but may be over more quickly. #Assange #Assangetrial
Nov 24, 2020 25 tweets 14 min read
1/ German photographer, Marco Verch, has posted hundreds of thousands of “free” images across the internet. His photographs have turned into a spiders’ web waiting to trap people who do not follow the exact terms and conditions. @ComputerWeekly #MarcoVerch 2/ Universities, small family businesses and charity organisations are among those to have been ambushed with demands for huge payments after publishing Verch’s apparently “free” images. @ComputerWeekly #MarcoVerch
Sep 30, 2020 10 tweets 5 min read
Its the final week of Julian Assange's extradition trial at the Old Bailey. I am reporting on proceedings through the court video link for @ComputerWeekly. I will report updates here in between taking notes. #Assange @ComputerWeekly Here is a report from yesterday's hearing which covered conditions in US prisions

Sep 29, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
Judge grants anonymity of the two witnesses. The names will be disclosed to a confidentiality ring, including a named CPS official, an FBI agent, and names counsel for due diligence.#Assange Witness 2 approached the law firm of Baltasar Garzón in Madrid requesting anonymity and expressed fears of serious repercussions, according to Summers. #Assange
Sep 29, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Claire Dobbin for prosecution begins cross examination Summers for the defence makes an application to grant anonymity to two witnesses to give evidence concerning UC Global, the company which had the contract to provide security services at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London when Assange was there. #Assange
Sep 29, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Lindsay Lewis, US lawyer who represented Abu Hamza al-Masri is giving evidence. #Assange She said that US gave assurances to English courts that Hamza would not held at the ADX (SuperMax) prison Colerado during his extradition aside from a short period of time. #Assange
Sep 29, 2020 11 tweets 6 min read
I have joined the court video stream for day 16 of witness evidence in Julian Assange's extradition. Witnesses will be giving evidence until the end of the week. I will give updates in this thread in between taking notes. @ComputerWeekly #Assange @ComputerWeekly Former US prison warden Maureen Baird is to give evidence for the defence shortly #Assange
Sep 28, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
Lewis asked Ellis a series of questions about state and federal inspections on the Alexandria (ADX) jail, which Ellis had no personal knowledge about #Assange Lewis said that during the last inspection period which began August 2017 the inspection found there had been no complete suicides. Ellis said that Alexandria had a good record when it came to completed suicides. #Assange
Sep 28, 2020 11 tweets 4 min read
I am joining the court video feed for week 4, the final week of the extradition hearings at the Old Bailey against Julian Assange #Assange I will post updates here in between taking notes #Assange
Sep 24, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Report: ‘Not unjust’ to extradite WilkiLeaks founder Julian Assange, court hears bit.ly/3mRCK79 via @ComputerWeekly #Assange #AssangeTrial @ComputerWeekly It is day 14 of court hearings into Julian Assange's extradition at the Old Bailey. The court is about to start shortly #Assange
Sep 24, 2020 14 tweets 9 min read
It is day 13 of legal the extradition hearing against Julian Assange at the Old Bailey. Today we expect to hear medical experts for the prosecution. ##Assange Here is a recap of the evidence given my medical experts for the defence. Assange's defence team will rely on the legal precedents set by Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon to argue against extradition. bit.ly/3mLuzJp @ComputerWeekly #Assange #AssangeTrial
Sep 23, 2020 19 tweets 10 min read
It is day 12 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing, taking place at the Old Bailey. I am reporting for @ComputerWeekly, through a remote dial-in to the court. #Assange @ComputerWeekly Dr Quinton Deely NHS Consultant Psychiatrist specializing in autism, ADHD and mental health is giving evidence #Assange
Sep 21, 2020 30 tweets 15 min read
The court is about to start its tenth day of hearings into Julian Assange. I am joining by remote video link for @ComputerWeekly. I will post updates here during the day between taking notes. #Assange @ComputerWeekly Professor Christian Grothoff is about to give evidence, a computer security specialist #Assange
Sep 18, 2020 39 tweets 18 min read
Good morning. Its Day 9 of the Old Bailey of the extradition hearings against Julian Assange.Westminster Magistrate's court is borrowing space in the Central Criminal Court for this hearing because of Covid-19 restictions #Assange I will post updates in this thread in between taking notes. #Assange @ComputerWeekly