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Independent journalist. British 🇬🇧 Based at UN 🇺🇳 Lived around the world 🌍. International affairs, US politics and Middle East. ✉️
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Feb 21 • 109 tweets • 19 min read
LIVE THREAD: Day 2 of Assange High Court Hearing (2024)

I am attending Julian Assange’s hearing today from inside the Royal Courts of Justice. Live updates below and subsequent coverage on
Image I'm seated in the court and hearing has just begun.

Please read my reporting on Day 1 of the hearing here if you haven't already:

Feb 20 • 119 tweets • 22 min read
LIVE THREAD: I am in London attending Julian Assange’s court hearing today from inside the courtroom, beginning at 10:30am local time at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Live updates below and subsequent coverage on
Image 2) The US is seeking the extradition of Australian journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents, which reveal US war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and more. If extradited he could face up to 175 years in prison.
Feb 16 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
I am accredited to cover Julian Assange's court hearing on Feb 20 and 21

I will attend the hearing in person at the High Court in London.

I'll have a live thread on Twitter at 10:30am each day and subsequent coverage on Rumble.

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I've been covering Julian Assange's extradition case since 2020.

It is a serious attack on the press.

Playlists of my coverage:

"Classified Documents Invalidate United States' Appeal Against Assange":……
Nov 6, 2023 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
🚨 𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗: 𝗜𝘀𝗿𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗼𝗺𝗯𝘀 𝗚𝗮𝘇𝗮

• ❗ Total blackout in Gaza after Israel cuts internet and phone lines

• 🇺🇳 88 United Nations staff killed so far by Israel. The 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘁

• 𝟵,𝟳𝟬𝟬 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗜𝘀𝗿𝗮𝗲𝗹, 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹. 𝟰,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 Israeli airstrike reportedly filmed in the vicinity of al Shifa hospital this morning
Nov 5, 2023 • 12 tweets • 4 min read

- Israel have now killed at least 9,770 Palestinians.

The majority of casualties are civilians and include: 4,880 children and 2,550 women
Image In just 24 hours, Israel bombed three different refugee camps killing at least 230 people.

The al Maghazi refugee camp was bombed last night, after Jaballia and Bureij.

Oct 9, 2023 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
🚨BREAKING: Hamas have warned: every israeli strike that targets Palestinian civilians in their homes will be met with the execution of a hostage

🚨❗️❗️THREAD DAY 3 of Hamas Operation Against Israel Israel's "Defense" Minister proving himself to be a very classy person:

Oct 8, 2023 • 15 tweets • 4 min read
🚨THREAD: DAY 2 of Gaza Uprising Against Israel❗️❗️

Yesterday's surprise attack by Palestinian resistance fighters was a catastrophic intelligence and military failure on Israel's part

This morning Hezbollah supported Hamas and PIJ by firing mortars from South Lebanon The death toll so far:

600 Israelis
300 Palestinians

Not only was the surprise attack unprecedented, but you also have most casualties now who are israeli, instead of hundreds, or thousands of Palestinians, the majority of them civilians.
Oct 7, 2023 • 16 tweets • 5 min read
🚨🚨THREAD ❗️❗️

Hamas just invaded Israel (Occupied Palestine), launching a military operation on a scale never seen before.

This is unbelievable 😂😂 Hamas posted footage of them destroying an Israeli tank
Aug 24, 2023 • 20 tweets • 6 min read
🧵LIVE THREAD | BRICS Day 3, August 24:

I'm accredited to cover the #BRICSSummit2023 🇧🇷🇷🇺🇮🇳🇨🇳🇿🇦

HUGE developments today. All news and updates below. Bookmark and share the thread! Image BRICS has just added six new countries! They shall become formal members in January 2024. The list includes major oil producers, as well as other large, emerging economies:

Egypt 🇪🇬
Ethiopia 🇪🇹
Argentina 🇦🇷
UAE 🇦🇪
Iran 🇮🇷
Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Aug 23, 2023 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
🧵LIVE THREAD | BRICS Day 2, August 23:

I'm accredited to cover the #BRICSSummit2023 🇧🇷🇷🇺🇮🇳🇨🇳🇿🇦. All breaking news and updates below. Bookmark it and retweet! Image In case you missed it, here is my reporting from yesterday, on Day 1 of the summit:

Aug 22, 2023 • 24 tweets • 7 min read
🧵LIVE THREAD | BRICS Day 1, August 22:

Today kick starts the #BRICSSummit2023 🇧🇷🇷🇺🇮🇳🇨🇳🇿🇦

I'm accredited to cover the summit. Will have updates and breaking news below. Bookmark it and retweet! Image BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) is a collective of the world's largest emerging economies.

Together BRICS countries make up over 41% of the world population, a quarter of the global economy, and almost 30% of global trade.
Jul 19, 2023 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
🧵BREAKING: Putin will not attend BRICS summit in South Africa

🇿🇦 President Cyril Ramaphosa: "By mutual agreement, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will not attend the Summit but the Russian Federation will be represented by Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov." Image There is precedent for this situation in South Africa: In 2015, Sudan's president Omar al Bashir attended the African Union summit in SA, and they refused to execute an ICC warrant and arrest a fellow African leader. Bashir was able to leave but the govt was taken to court in SA.
Jul 7, 2023 • 18 tweets • 3 min read
🧵THREAD: French lawmakers just passed a bill allowing police to spy on French citizens by remotely hacking their phones The bill passed with 80 votes in favor and 24 against.

The left (LFI, NUPES) were strongly opposed to it, calling it an "authoritarian snooper's charter".

Unsurprisingly, Macron's liberal party, the centre and the right all voted overwhelmingly in favor.
Jul 7, 2023 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
🧵THREAD: Biden is sending Ukraine cluster bombs, a horrific weapon banned in most countries A cluster bomb is a large capsule that contains many tiny bomblets that are spread out over a very large area, killing indiscriminately.

123 countries have signed a convention banning cluster munitions.

94% of cluster bomb casualties are civilians. 40% are children.
Jul 7, 2023 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
The cruelty

An israeli guard executed an autistic Palestinian named Eyad Hallaq.

The israeli guard shot him in the leg, chased him to a garbage room, then fired 3 more bullets in his chest with an M16.

Eyad's mother screams as the israeli court lets her son's killer walk free Some more details, as I covered this three years ago:

-Eyad was 32 years old and from Occupied Jerusalem. He was killed by an Israeli "Border Guard" while on his way to a special needs school which he attends every day.
Jul 5, 2023 • 25 tweets • 7 min read

With Jenin in ruins, a recap of the last 48 hours: Israel launched its biggest attack in the West Bank in 20 years, obliterating many parts of Jenin refugee camp.

To do this israel sent troops, armored vehicles, drones, planes, and helicopters. A devastating attack that destroyed homes, infrastructure, and lives.
Jun 29, 2023 • 32 tweets • 8 min read
🧵THREAD: I've been observing the French press and public opinion for the past days.

Explainer on the situation in France: Police shot a 17yo driver, known as Nahel M (or Naël)

Initially, officers claimed the driver rammed them.

A video filmed by a bystander showed this to be untrue: two police officers aim their guns at Nael's head, then shoot him at point blank range, after starting his engine.
Jun 19, 2023 • 16 tweets • 5 min read
🧵THREAD: Israel humiliated this morning in Jenin.

Israel launched what it thought would be a regular assault on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

They were in for a big surprise: Image Palestinian fighters destroyed 7 israeli armored vehicles. You can see many of them immobile, and pinned down in this video.
Jun 9, 2023 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
🧵THREAD: Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to the United States

He is now closer than ever to spending 175 years in prison.

UK High Court judge Sir Jonathan Swift rejected #Assange’s appeal on all grounds. 1/ Image 2/ The appeal was filed on eight grounds, including that the prosecution was political, that it violated the US-UK extradition treaty, and that Assange was being prosecuted for protected speech.
Feb 10, 2023 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Calling Hersh’s story about the US blowing up Nordstream 2 a “gift to Putin” is like calling his story about US torture at Abu Ghraib a “gift to Saddam”.

Just a bunch of pathetic morons who’ve never done a day’s work of journalism attacking one of the most accomplished reporters They all know deep down who blew up Nordstream 2. They just won’t say it because it doesn’t fit their narrative
Feb 9, 2023 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
EXPLOSIVE: Nordstream pipelines were blown up by the United States and Norway, writes veteran journalist Seymour Hersh.

This is no surprise. The whole world knew either the US or UK were behind the sabotage. But now we have confirmation. Must-read:… “Everyone involved understood the stakes. “This is not kiddie stuff,” the source said. If the attack were traceable to the United States, “It’s an act of war.”

You’re damn right it is.