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11 Aug
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
Lord Justice Holroyde and Justice Farbey found the US had an arguable case that Kopelman did not act in accordance with his duty as an expert witness by omitting to disclose #Assange's relationship with his partner Stela Moris and their two children in his first report.
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11 Aug
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.

The US is arguing for permission to challenge the evidence of medical expert, Michael Kopelman, head of neurospychiatry at King's College London in the Court of Appeal. Kopelman found that Assange had autism, recurring depression, and was at high risk of suicide if extradited.
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9 Mar
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
Belgium police say it will take months to evaluate the information seized during the raids. @SkyECCofficial #Encrochat
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27 Jan
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
Today's decision means that the Freedom of Information Act will continue to operate as it always has done for the past 15 years. It is open to any person regardless of nationality or place of residence.@SMaurizi @estelledehon @EmmanFre @benjameslucas #FOIA
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6 Jan
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
The hearing is due to begin at 10 am, and I believe two hours have been allocated. Assange's defence team will apply for costs. #Assange #Assangetrial
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5 Jan
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
For the past 15 years since the Freedom of Information Act came into force, there has been no geographic barrier to people using the UK’s Freedom of Information Act. #FOIA #Journalism
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4 Jan
#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
Assange has been charged in the US of 17 counts under the US Espionage Act and 1 count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. #Assange #Assangetrail
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24 Nov 20
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
3/ Patty Knoops founded a volunteer organisation to help older women find work. She received a legal demand for €950 from Verch, precipitating the charity’s closure. She became depressed and unable to work.@ComputerWeekly #MarcoVerch perma.cc/M7LQ-D3PC
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30 Sep 20
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

@ComputerWeekly Witness statements were read out in court. Patrick Cockburn, Middle East Correspondent for the Independent, Stefania Maurizi, Italian investigative reporter, Guy Goodwin-Gill, former legal adviser to the UN High Commission for Refugees, and US lawyer Robert J Boyle. #Assange
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29 Sep 20
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
Later Witness 1 was introduced to the law firm. Both witnesses made a statement anonymously to notary on the basis that they and their families were at risk. #Assange
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29 Sep 20
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
Witness 1 and Witness 2 have been designated as protected witnesses in a case being investigated by a Spanish court #Assange
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29 Sep 20
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
Lewis said the assurances were not honoured. Hamza was subject to Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) two weeks after his arrival in US. Hamza has been held in ADX Colorado for the past 5 years. #Assange
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29 Sep 20
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
@ComputerWeekly Yesterday the court heard evidence that contrary to assertions by US prosecutors, Assange would be held in solitary confinement in the US bit.ly/3jbXeoI #Assange
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28 Sep 20
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
Ellis said there was not difference between federal and state prisoners when it came to came to access to education or recreation programmes. If prisoners are under administrative segregation, they cannot take part in programmes with other prisoners. #Assange
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28 Sep 20
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
A report from evidence on Friday.:Forensic expert, Patrick Eller, questions US claims that Julian Assange conspired to crack military password.

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24 Sep 20
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
@ComputerWeekly Report on yesterday's court hearings: computerweekly.com/news/252489587…
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24 Sep 20
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
@ComputerWeekly This is a useful legal analysis of the precedent set by Lauri Love in his extradition case. The High Court found that given Love's diagnosed mental health conditions it would be oppressive to extradite him to a US prison. bit.ly/3mMAL3V
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23 Sep 20
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
@ComputerWeekly Deely is giving evidence that there is a high risk of suicide if #Assange is extradited in the light of his diagnosis.
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21 Sep 20
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
@ComputerWeekly WikiLeaks was attacked by denial of service attacks from November 2010.
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18 Sep 20
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
@ComputerWeekly New Zealand investigative Journalist Nicky Hager is giving evidence. #Assnage
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16 Sep 20
Julian Assange held back 15,000 documents to prevent harm to US government bit.ly/33EboZ8 via @ComputerWeekly #Assange
@ComputerWeekly Its day eight of proceedings in the Old Bailey of Julian Assange's extradtion. The hearing is about to start. I will post updates here in between taking notes. #Assange @ComputerWeekly
@ComputerWeekly Professor John Sloboda is giving evidence #Assange
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