Ed Fitzgerald is in court. Julian hasn't arrived. The proceedings should start soon.
Judge comes into court. #JulianAssange walks in and identifies himself to court. #AssangeCase
Sep 30, 2020 • 41 tweets • 12 min read
Day 17 of the #AssangeHearing, with three days left, open justice has not been done in these proceedings. The Judge blocked 40 political and NGO observers (including @amensty & @RSF_inter) from monitoring the most important #FreeSpeech trial of the century.
Defence 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. #AssangeCase
Sep 29, 2020 • 84 tweets • 24 min read
Day 16 of the #AssangeCase proceedings. By this stage it is very likely that the 40 political observers that the judge arbitrarily banned from the observing proceedings virtually will not be allowed to do so. 4 left & I feel the decision was made before we started.
We have Maureen Baird on the stand: 28 years experience with the Bureau of Prisons in various capacities, with her final positions as Warden and Senior Executive Service Warden at three various Federal Prisons. #AssangeCase
Sep 28, 2020 • 49 tweets • 17 min read
September 28th, day 15 of the #AssangeCase extradition proceedings. 40 political and #FreeSpeech advocate observers including @RSF_inter and @amnesty are still banned from observing the most important trial of our lifetime by Judge Baraitser without any explanation.
Sorry for being a bit late, this morning the court heard from Yancey Ellis, US attorney, with experience of the federal prison system. He talked about how #Assange would be placed under a strict solitary confinement regime.
Sep 27, 2020 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
The @DailyMailUK’s shameful regurgitation of 10 years of disproven slander against #JulianAssange comes at a rather interesting time.
1. There has been increasing reporting of the #AssangeCase, all positive and it Julian’s plight seems to be winning hearts and minds.
2. The @DailyMailUK might have come under political pressure after being at the forefront of the MSM in the reporting positive reporting of the #AssangeCase.
Sep 25, 2020 • 23 tweets • 7 min read
Day 13 in #AssangeCase extradition hearing. 40 political and NGO observers are still banned from observing the proceedings. Fitzgerald says that the prosecution sent a cross-examination evidence was sent last night at 11.30pm, it is 5am where he is and asks for an hour.
When he has had time to read the prosecution bundle, 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.
Sep 24, 2020 • 45 tweets • 14 min read
Day 13: #JulianAssange's extradition hearing. Expecting more medical testimony today, from Dr. Blackwood and Dr. Sondra Crosby. #AssangeCase
Due to the personal nature of the medical testimonies I will refrain from tweeting details.
Sep 21, 2020 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
Cassandra Fairbanks main points:
Arthur told me details about #JulianAssange’s impending arrest and charges in Oct. 2018, the same month Grenell worked out the deal.
Arthur knew I told him, and confirmed there was a State Department investigation into who leaked me the information. #AssangeCase
Sep 21, 2020 • 20 tweets • 6 min read
Good morning to you all! Today is day 10 of the #AssangeCase extradition hearing. I was granted to the virtual room by a nice young guy working from his bedroom.
40 political observers who were revoked access by the judge still cannot monitor the hearings. #FreeAssange
Professor Grotthoff takes the stand who will be looking at the unredacted classified release of cables. #AssangeCase
Sep 18, 2020 • 13 tweets • 6 min read
The most memorable moments in the #AssangeCase hearing for this week cannot be summarized in one tweet, so I will start this thread by highlighting the "super relevant" question by the prosecution:
"Would it be illegal for a journalist to help someone break into the White House?"
We also found out that Mr. Kromberg admits that the US government does not have any evidence of serious harm caused to any individual by the @wikileaks publications, yet the prosecution continues to mislead the court and the witnesses saying they do. #AssangeCase
Sep 18, 2020 • 33 tweets • 11 min read
Back at court for day 9 of #JulianAssange's hearing. We were welcomed by our virtual host, a jolly lady from the tech department who had her computer on her lap and seemed to be very comfy in her living room.
Political observers still don't have access.
Baraitser enters the court. Fitzgerald says that the witness today is Nicky Hager, investigative journalist from New Zealand. #AssangeCase
Sep 17, 2020 • 24 tweets • 7 min read
Second part of day 7: Carey Shenkman Constitutional Scholar and Lawyer.
Back in court, the lawyers are present, we are waiting for the Judge, and still 40 political observers like @amnesty are banned from being able to monitor the case via a video link that was provided to them and access removed on the first day of proceedings.
Judge comes in and John Sloboda is saying the oath via video link. #AssangeCase
Sep 16, 2020 • 27 tweets • 8 min read
The court has resumed, but we are not getting video or audio at a crucial time, when the el-Masri case evidence is being discussed.
The relevance is that he was making statements about what had happened to him publicly and that became the subject of investigation and prosecution.
The court doesn't stop disappointing when it comes to its technology. #AssangeCase
Sep 16, 2020 • 29 tweets • 11 min read
John Goetz on the stand. He is the Senior Editor of Investigations for NDR which is German Television. He also worked at Der Spiegle. He worked investigating alongside WikiLeaks on the disclosures #Assange is being indicted for in this case.
Goetz describes the partnership: We discussed that we would all be partners in researching the material but each outlet would do its own stories on the files. This was very unorthodox, it was fascinating and very unique at the time. #AssangeCase
Sep 15, 2020 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
Tom Durkin "I don't believe that #JulianAssange would get a fair trial in the United States" #AssangeCase
Lewis: asking if he knows what the government is prosecuting in terms of volume.
Durkin: says that due to the disclosures there would be a vast amount of documentation. #AssangeCase
Sep 14, 2020 • 67 tweets • 20 min read
I am connected to the virtual court system and ready to report on the #AssangeCase extradition hearing, first day of week 2: #FreeAssange
Reminder, there are 40 civil society, human rights and political observers from around the world that were given access via video link and the access was revoked the last minute. They include @amnesty, @RSF_inter, @hrw, European Ministers of Parliament, and legal observers.
Sep 10, 2020 • 16 tweets • 6 min read
Day 4 of the #AssangeCase hearing. The political, human rights, and freedom of speech monitors are still banned from online stream. We were emailed yesterday saying that we had until 10:10am to sign in. Just got an email at 8:56 saying the stream would lock at 9:40.
Apparently at the end of the stream yesterday they mentioned it. But they missed quite a few of us who logged out as soon as the court was adjourned. #AssangeCase