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Court and tech reporter, mostly seen at Byline Times, currently covering the Julian Assange extradition trial in London https://t.co/UDsPGaVGmO
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23 Sep
Afternoon proceedings begin at the Julian #Assange hearing in London.
Prosecution calls Seena Fazel
Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
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Fazel focuses on the relationship between mental illness and violent crime, the mental health of prisoners, and violence risk assessment. He is also a specialist in prison suicide.
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23 Sep
Back at the Old Bailey for day 11 of evidence in the Julian Assange extradition case
(As I said yesterday this will be psychiatric evidence so for obvious reasons there will be things I choose not to report, so if I go quiet it's not that I'm not here)
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Judge Vanessa Baraitser enters and proceedings commence
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22 Sep
Full report of this morning's evidence at the Julian Assange extradition hearing in London
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Lewis puts it to the witness he didn't mention the name of Julian Assange's' partner his report.
He says "she had concerns about confidentiality."
"I do not accept that, you have a duty to the court," Lewis replies.
"I was trying to be diplomatic and respectful"
Kopelman adds that between his first and second reports her name became public and it is in the second report.
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22 Sep
One note on the Julian #Assange case today, as we expect mostly medical evidence today there will be things i will choose not to post.
So if I go quiet it's not that I'm not here.
Judge Vanessa Baraitser enters and proceedings begin.
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First witness, Professor Michael Copeland, he is a professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London.
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21 Sep
I did a phone hacking trial anacdote last week that was quite popular, a colleague who was also there reminded me of another one today, the tale of the office cat.
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Anyways, quite early on in the case, a witness, Dan Evans said phone hacking at the News of the World was so widespread, "even the office cat knew about it."
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It sort of became a comforting kind of meme in the 8 month trial, every witness would be asked about the office cat, and it sort of became real to us.
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21 Sep
Breaking: Arthur Schwartz, a close advisor to Donald #Trump junior has been recorded by a journalist saying he had helped have Julian Assange removed from the ecuadorian embassy, "on the orders of the President," Assange's extradition hearing has heard.
The claim came from Cassandra Fairbanks, a Trump supporter, in a sworn statement read out at London's Central Criminal Court
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She also states that Schwarz had told her about #Assange "A pardon isn't going to f*cking happen," and that "Assange should be killed and everyone involved with WikiLeaks should be executed.
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21 Sep
Proceedings resume, at the Julian Assange trial in London
Defence asks for more time to discuss future witnesses with the prosecution to see which ones need to be called.
Proceedings adjourned until 4pm
Defence say the evidence of the next witness, US writer Cassandra Fairbanks, can be read into evidence as the prosecution have no questions for her, only to comment that she is partisan
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21 Sep
Journalist’s book gave away secret passcode, court hears

Full report of proceedings, so far,this morning at the Julian #Assange extradition hearing

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Proceedings resume, defence now re-examining computer scientist Christian Grofhoth.
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Witness says that Guardian journalist David Leigh pressured Assange to give him the passcode to the decrypted files telling him "You could be in an ornage jumpsuit heading to Guantamo bay before you release them."
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21 Sep
Proceedings begin, first witness, computer scientist Professor Christian Grotthoff.
He is giving evidence on how unredacted material was placed on the internet
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The witness confirms that in August 2010 a Guardian journalist, David Leigh gained access to the files, which were strongly encrypyed, these, he said "were useless without the key."
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Grotthoff says that there were a number of attempts to interfere and hack the Wikileaks website and steal data.
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18 Sep
Canal cat, Hackney London Image
She was so lovely, came off her barge specially to get a clap
(for non Scottish readers "clapping a cat" is the same as your "petting a cat."
But then she saw a mouse and had better things to do Image
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18 Sep
Back at the Julian #Assange case in London, (had a few technical issues but all sorted now)
American Lawyer Corey Shenkman is being cross-examined by Claire Dobbin on behalf of the US Government.
The prosecutor is suggesting that the US espionage act has been "refined" through a series of court judgements.
Shenkman is sticking to his argument that it is too broad.
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The barrister and the lawyer are having a very detailed discussion about legal precedent in which they are referring to documents we don't have, so sorry about the lack of tweets..
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18 Sep
Judge enters and proceedings resume. the next witness is Khalid El Masri, who we are waiting to join by video link.
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We are now having a legal discussion if the witness should have to appear at all.
The US government side says it needs to cross-examine the witness as there is one part of his evidence, that American pressure on the German government over his case was revealed by Wikileaks, they cannot accept.
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18 Sep
Proceedings resume at the Julian #Assange extradition case, court told that they are still awaiting an interpreter for the next witness so will be reading some evidence into the record.
Jennifer Robinson written statement says she was with Assange that a US congressmen Dana Rohrabacher and a Charles Johnson met him
President Trump was aware of and approved the visit and was willing to offer a pardon if he would say the source of the DNC leaks was not Russia
The lawyer for the US government states while they don't challenge that was said but we challenge the truth of it.
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18 Sep
Back at London's Central Criminal Court for day 7 of evidence in the Julian #Assange extradition case,
Proceedings commence
First witness is to be New Zealand journalist Nicky Hager.
Hager tells the court he was a user of WikiLeaks data in his work as an investigative journalist.
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17 Sep
A wee story about my attitude to court reporting.
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The very first case I covered was in 2010, the perjury trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan, and for the whole first week, not knowing any better I just wrote down exactly what happened (the judge came in, this guy said that etc, etc)
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On the Friday of that week I added a comment about how sad it was that it had come to this, what a tragedy it was.
Then I went to the pub to decompress a little with the other reporters.
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17 Sep
Next witness at the Julian #Assange case is Carey Shenkman, a US constitutional lawyer.
Audio isn't great so judge asked Shenkman to disconnect and reconnect.
Shenkman is back, outlines to the court his qualifications, judge says audio still isn't good enough, asks staff to look into the matter to see of the problem is here or at the witnesses end.
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17 Sep
Back at the Old Bailey for day 7 of evidence in the London extradition case of Julian #Assange
You can catch up with yesterday's proceedings here
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Court rises as presiding judge, Vanessa Baraitser enters and proceedings begin
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First witness today, Professor John Sloboda, who co-founded the Iraq Body Count website.
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16 Sep
As we wait , you can read a full report of this mornings proceedings here.
We are now having a legal discussion over the issue of if a certain witness statement is admissable.
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The statement is from a Mr El Masri, a German citizen, who was seized by the CIA and transferred to a US military "black prison," in Afghanistan.
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16 Sep
We're back after some technical issues, court continuing to discuss if a statement should be read out loud, or even if it is admissible.
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Assange speaking out from the back of the court, judge adjourns for 5 minutes so he can instruct his legal team.
Judge comes back in and we resume,
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16 Sep
Proceedings resume, Mark Summers QC for Mr Assange is now re-examining Mr Goetz
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Goetz said the sensitive name redaction process was "rigorous," and he had sat in meetings with Mr #Assange where ot was discussed.
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The witness agrees with Summers that he knows of no incident involving harm to anyone due to the WikiLeaks releases. Says this was shown at the Chelsea Manning trial.
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16 Sep
Goetz said in 2011 he worked on the case of a German citizen Mr El Mazri who said he was "kidnapped" in Macedonia by the US military, which "has now been confirmed to be true."
The witness says through "complicated research," he found out the names of the CIA staff who had kidnapped El Masri, which led to the Munich state prosecutor issuing 13 arrest warrants.
Later, when he saw the Wikileaks diplomatic cables he saw the US government had put pressure on the German government not to issue the arrest warrants in America, warning of "serious consequences."
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