Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden react to UK decision NOT to extradite Julian Assange

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The Division of Justice on Monday stated it’s ‘extraordinarily disenchanted’ within the UK courtroom’s choice to not extradite Julian Assange. 

A British choose on Monday rejected the USA’ request to extradite the Wikileaks founder to face espionage expenses, saying he was more likely to kill himself if held underneath harsh US jail situations. The US has stated it should enchantment the choice. 

In a press release to ABC a spokesperson for the DOJ stated: ‘Whereas we’re extraordinarily disenchanted within the courtroom’s final choice, we’re gratified that the USA prevailed on each level of regulation raised. 

‘Particularly, the courtroom rejected all of Mr. Assange’s arguments concerning political motivation, political offense, truthful trial, and freedom of speech.’ 

Assange’s good friend Pamela Anderson stated Monday the ‘struggle isn’t over’, telling her followers to ‘keep tuned’. The sensational ruling on the Outdated Bailey in London raises the prospect that the 48-year-old WikiLeaks founder may very well be freed this week. 

Journalist Glenn Greenwald stated the choice was ‘not a victory for press freedom’ and whistleblower Edward Snowden referred to as for an finish to the authorized proceedings towards the Wikileaks founder. 

Actress Anderson tweeted: ‘A particular dawn for my pricey good friend #JulianAssange – (to not be extradited) keep tuned, the struggle isn’t over – however, a hopeful second to breathe in- I can solely think about Julian (in courtroom, nonetheless in that masks), taking that breath.. #humanrights #freespeech #pardonassange.’ 

Assange's friend Pamela Anderson said Monday the ‘fight is not over’. She is pictured taking a vegan lunch to Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in July 2017 in London

Assange’s good friend Pamela Anderson stated Monday the ‘struggle isn’t over’. She is pictured taking a vegan lunch to Assange on the Ecuadorian Embassy in July 2017 in London

Anderson tweeted this Monday morning following the news that a British judge had rejected the United States' request to extradite Assange to face espionage charges

Anderson tweeted this Monday morning following the information {that a} British choose had rejected the USA’ request to extradite Assange to face espionage expenses

The WikiLeaks founder today (when he is pictured) won his high-profile legal battle against US officials who wanted to put him on trial for helping hack government computers and violating an espionage law by releasing confidential cables

The WikiLeaks founder at this time (when he’s pictured) received his high-profile authorized battle towards US officers who wished to place him on trial for serving to hack authorities computer systems and violating an espionage regulation by releasing confidential cables

Greenwald on Monday praised the UK’s choice to not extradite Julian Assange to America – however warned: ‘This wasn’t a victory for press freedom.’

The reporter, who labored with Snowden, hailed the choice ‘nice information’, however warned: ‘This wasn’t a victory for press freedom. Fairly the opposite: the choose made clear she believed there are grounds to prosecute Assange in reference to the 2010 publication. 

‘It was, as a substitute, an indictment of the insanely oppressive US jail system for safety ‘threats.’ 

Snowden – the whistleblower who labored with Wikileaks and is at present residing in Russia after leaking U.S. surveillance secrets and techniques – referred to as for an finish to the proceedings, tweeting: ‘Let this be the tip of it.’ 

He had earlier thanked ‘everybody who campaigned towards one of the vital harmful threats to press freedom in many years’. He additionally shared various retweets in regards to the choice. 

Glenn Greenwald, pictured, and Edward Snowden on Monday both reacted to the news that british judge HAD rejected the US' request to extradite Assange to face espionage charge

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Glenn Greenwald, left, and Edward Snowden, proper, on Monday each reacted to the information that  british choose HAD rejected the US’ request to extradite Assange to face espionage cost

Glenn Greenwald on Monday praised the United Kingdom's decision to not extradite Julian Assange to America - but warned: 'This wasn't a victory for press freedom'

Glenn Greenwald on Monday praised the UK’s choice to not extradite Julian Assange to America – however warned: ‘This wasn’t a victory for press freedom’

Snowden - the whistleblower who worked with Wikileaks and is currently living in Russia after leaking U.S. surveillance secrets - called for an end to the proceedings

Snowden – the whistleblower who labored with Wikileaks and is at present residing in Russia after leaking U.S. surveillance secrets and techniques – referred to as for an finish to the proceedings

 

Greenwald, a part of a group that received a Pulitzer for studies about authorities surveillance applications based mostly on leaks by Snowden added: ‘Finally, although, from a humanitarian *and* a political perspective, what issues most is that Assange be freed as quickly as attainable. 

‘The US Govt does not care what jail he is in, or why: they only need him silenced and in a cage. He needs to be freed instantly.’ 

District Decide Vanessa Baraitser rejected allegations that Assange is being prosecuted for political causes or wouldn’t obtain a good trial within the US. 

However she stated his precarious psychological well being would probably deteriorate additional underneath the situations of ‘close to complete isolation’ he would face in U.S. jail.

‘I discover that the psychological situation of Mr. Assange is such that it could be oppressive to extradite him to the USA of America,’ the choose stated.

Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London in September last year

Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom in London in September final yr 

She stated Assange was ‘a depressed and typically despairing man’ who had the ‘mind and dedication’ to avoid any suicide prevention measures taken by American jail authorities. 

Assange’s attorneys stated they might ask for his launch from a London jail the place he has been held for greater than a year-and-a-half at a bail listening to on Wednesday.

Assange, who sat within the dock at London’s Central Legal Courtroom for the ruling, wiped his forehead as the choice was introduced. His associate Stella Moris, with whom he has two younger sons, wept.

His American lawyer, Barry Pollack, stated the authorized group was ‘enormously gratified by the U.Ok. courtroom’s choice denying extradition.’

‘The trouble by the USA to prosecute Julian Assange and search his extradition was ill-advised from the beginning,’ he stated. ‘We hope that after consideration of the U.Ok. courtroom’s ruling, the USA will resolve to not pursue the case additional.’

Assange supporters celebrating outside the Old Bailey today after he was spared from being sent for trial in the United States

Assange supporters celebrating outdoors the Outdated Bailey at this time after he was spared from being despatched for trial in the USA  

The ruling marks a dramatic second in Assange’s years-long authorized battles in Britain — although probably not its ultimate chapter.

U.S. prosecutors have indicted Assange on 17 espionage expenses and one cost of laptop misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked navy and diplomatic paperwork a decade in the past. The costs carry a most sentence of 175 years in jail.

Legal professionals for the 49-year-old Australian argue that he was performing as a journalist and is entitled to First Modification protections of freedom of speech for publishing leaked paperwork that uncovered U.S. navy wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The choose, nonetheless, stated Assange’s actions, if confirmed, would ‘quantity to offenses on this jurisdiction that may not be protected by his proper to freedom of speech.’

The protection additionally argued throughout a three-week listening to within the fall that extradition threatens Assange’s human rights as a result of he dangers ‘a grossly disproportionate sentence’ and detention in ‘draconian and inhumane situations’ that may exacerbate his extreme melancholy and different psychological well being issues.

The choose agreed that U.S. jail situations can be oppressive. She accepted proof from professional witnesses that Assange had a depressive dysfunction and an autism spectrum dysfunction.

‘I settle for that oppression as a bar to extradition requires a excessive threshold. … Nonetheless, I’m happy that, in these harsh situations, Mr. Assange’s psychological well being would deteriorate inflicting him to commit suicide with the ‘single minded dedication’ of his autism spectrum dysfunction,’ the choose stated in her ruling.

Legal professionals for the U.S. authorities deny that Assange is being prosecuted merely for publishing the leaked paperwork, saying the case ‘is largely based mostly upon his illegal involvement’ within the theft of the diplomatic cables and navy information by U.S. Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

The prosecution of Assange has been condemned by journalists and human rights teams, who say it undermines free speech world wide.

They welcomed the choose’s choice, though it was not made on free-speech grounds.

‘It is a big reduction to anybody who cares in regards to the rights of journalists,’ The Freedom of the Press Basis tweeted:

‘The extradition request was not selected press freedom grounds; reasonably, the choose primarily dominated the U.S. jail system was too repressive to extradite. Nonetheless, the consequence will defend journalists in all places.’

Assange’s fiancee Stella Moris, seen outdoors the Outdated Bailey at this time, has stated that sending her lover to the US can be an ‘unthinkable travesty’

Assange’s authorized troubles started in 2010, when he was arrested in London on the request of Sweden, which wished to query him about allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two girls. 

In 2012, to keep away from being despatched to Sweden, Assange sought refuge contained in the Ecuadorian Embassy, the place he was past the attain of U.Ok. and Swedish authorities — but in addition successfully a prisoner, unable to depart the tiny diplomatic mission in London’s tony Knightsbridge space.

The connection between Assange and his hosts finally soured, and he was evicted from the embassy in April 2019. British police instantly arrested him for leaping bail in 2012.

Sweden dropped the intercourse crimes investigations in November 2019 as a result of a lot time had elapsed, however Assange stays in London’s high-security Belmarsh Jail, delivered to courtroom in a jail van all through his extradition listening to.

Timeline: Julian Assange’s lengthy authorized battle 

2006

Assange creates Wikileaks with a gaggle of like-minded activists and IT consultants to offer a safe means for whistleblowers to leak info. He shortly turns into its figurehead and a lightning rod for criticism.

2010

March: U.S. authorities allege Assange engaged in a conspiracy to hack a labeled U.S. authorities laptop with former Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. 

July: Wikileaks begins releasing tens of 1000’s of prime secrets and techniques paperwork, together with a video of U.S. helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.  What adopted was the discharge of greater than 90,000 labeled US navy information from the Afghan struggle and 400,000 from Iraq that included the names of informants. 

August: Two Swedish girls declare that they every had consensual intercourse with Assange in separate situations when he was on a 10-day journey to Stockholm. They allege the intercourse grew to become non-consensual when Assange refused to put on a condom.

First girl claims Assange was staying at her condo in Stockholm when he ripped off her garments. She advised police that when she realized Assange was making an attempt to have unprotected intercourse along with her, she demanded he use a condom. She claims he ripped the condom earlier than having intercourse.

Second Swedish girl claims she had intercourse with Assange at her condo in Stockholm and he or she made him put on a condom. She alleges that she later woke as much as discover Assange having unprotected intercourse along with her.

He was questioned by police in Stockholm and denied the allegations. Assange was granted permission by Swedish authorities to fly again to the U.Ok.  

November: A Swedish courtroom dominated that the investigation needs to be reopened and Assange needs to be detained for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and illegal coercion. A global arrest warrant is issued by Swedish police by way of Interpol.

Wikileaks releases its cache of greater than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.  

December: Assange presents himself to London police and seems at an extradition listening to the place he’s remanded in custody. Assange is granted conditional bail on the Excessive Courtroom in London after his supporters pay £240,000 in money and sureties.

2011

February: A British choose guidelines Assange needs to be extradited to Sweden however Wikileaks discovered vows to struggle the choice.

April:  A cache of labeled U.S. navy paperwork is launched by Wikileaks, together with intelligence assessments on practically the entire 779 people who find themselves detained on the Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba.

November: Assange loses Excessive Courtroom enchantment towards the choice to extradite him.

2012

June: Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. 

August: Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador.

2013

June: Assange tells a gaggle of journalists he is not going to go away the embassy even when intercourse expenses towards him are dropped out of worry he might be extradited to the U.S.

2015

August: Swedish prosecutors drop investigation into among the intercourse allegations towards Assange attributable to time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape stays energetic.

2016

July: Wikileaks begins leaking emails U.S. Democratic Celebration officers favoring Hillary Clinton.

November: Assange is questioned over the intercourse allegation on the Ecuadorian Embassy within the presence of Sweden’s assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell. The interview spans two days. 

2017

January: Barack Obama agrees to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning from jail. Her pending launch prompts hypothesis Assange will finish his self-imposed exile after Wikileaks tweeted he would conform to U.S. extradition.

April: Lenin Moreno turns into the brand new president of Ecuador who was identified to need to enhance diplomatic relations between his nation and the U.S. 

Might: An investigation right into a intercourse allegation towards Assange is out of the blue dropped by Swedish prosecutors. 

2018

January: Ecuador confirms it has granted citizenship to Assange following his request. 

February: Assange is visited by Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

March: The Ecuadorian Embassy suspends Assange’s web entry as a result of he wasn’t complying with a promise he made the earlier yr to ‘not ship messages which entailed interference in relation to different states’.

August: U.S. Senate committee asks to interview Assange as a part of their investigation into alleged Russian interference within the 2016 election.

September: Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks.

October: Assange reveals he’ll launch authorized motion towards the federal government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his ‘basic rights and freedoms’.

November: U.S. Justice Division inadvertently names Assange in a courtroom doc that claims he has been charged in secret. 

2019

January: Assange’s attorneys say they’re taking motion to make President Trump’s administration reveal expenses ‘secretly filed’ towards him.

April 6: WikiLeaks tweets {that a} excessive stage Ecuadorian supply has advised them Assange might be expelled from the embassy inside ‘hours or days’. However a senior Ecuadorian official says no choice has been made to take away him from the London constructing. 

April 11: Assange has his diplomatic asylum revoked by Ecuador and he’s arrested by the Metropolitan Police; he’s remanded in custody by a choose at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom.

April 12: He’s discovered responsible of breaching his bail phrases.

Might 1: Sentenced to 11 months in jail.

Might 2: Courtroom listening to takes place over Assange’s proposed extradition to the U.S. He tells a courtroom he doesn’t consent to the extradition and the case is adjourned till Might 30.

Might 13: Swedish prosecutors reopen rape case saying they nonetheless need to query Assange. 

June 3: Swedish courtroom guidelines towards detaining him in absentia, setting again the extradition case.

June 12 Residence Secretary Sajid Javid indicators an extradition request from the US.

June 13 A listening to units out the date for Assange’s full extradition listening to – February subsequent yr.

November  Swedish prosecutors cease investigation into an allegation of rape towards Mr Assange 

November 25 – Medics say with out right medical care Assange ‘might die’ in Belmarsh 

December 13 –  Listening to in London hears he’s being blocked from seeing key proof in case

December 19 – Seems at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom by way of video-link the place his lawyer claims US bid to extradite him is ‘political’. 

2020   

February 24 –Assange faces an extradition listening to at Woolwich Crown Courtroom.

Assange’s representatives argue he can’t legally be handed to the US for ‘political offences’ due to a 2003 extradition treaty.

March 2 – Assange seems by video hyperlink at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom, the place he’s refused bail amid the coronavirus disaster.

April 11 – Stella Moris, Assange’s associate, who gave delivery to his two kids whereas he was residing contained in the Ecuadorian embassy, points a plea for his launch amid fears for his well being.

June 24 – The US Division of Justice points an up to date 18-count indictment, over Assange’s alleged position in ‘one of many largest compromises of labeled info within the historical past of the USA’.

August 25 – Ms Moris visits her associate in Belmarsh jail for the primary time in virtually six months.

September 7 – Assange’s extradition hearings resume on the Outdated Bailey. They’re anticipated to go on for as much as 4 weeks.

October 1 – Decide Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case on the Outdated Bailey till January 4. 

January 4 – Decide Baraitser strikes down US extradition bid. 



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