Scott Morrison says Julian Assange will be ‘free to return home to Australia’


Scott Morrison has declared that Julian Assange shall be free to return to Australia as soon as his authorized battle in the UK is over.

A British decide on Monday dominated the Wikileaks founder – who was born in Townsville, Queensland in 1971 – can’t be extradited to the US to face spying prices because of the threat of him taking his personal life in an American jail.

US officers needed to place him on trial for conspiring to hack authorities computer systems and violating an espionage regulation by releasing 500,000 secret recordsdata detailing features of US navy campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US authorities will enchantment the choice but when that enchantment additionally lands in Mr Assange’s favour then he shall be a free man.

Mr Morrison prevented passing judgement on the choice however stated Mr Assange would be capable to journey dwelling if he his freed after nearly ten years in jail or self-imposed confinement.

‘I notice the choice in a single day and like another Australian I perceive that is topic to enchantment… assuming that each one seems, he is like another Australian, he is free to return dwelling to Australia if he needs,’ Mr Morrison instructed 3AW radio.

The prime minister added: ‘Consular assist has been supplied to Mr Assange… it is a matter for him [if he returns] when proceedings and processes finish.’ 

Julian Assange has won his 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. He is sketched at the Old Bailey on Monday

Julian Assange has received his authorized battle towards US officers who needed to place him on trial for serving to hack authorities computer systems and violating an espionage regulation by releasing confidential cables. He’s sketched on the Previous Bailey on Monday

Mr Assange’s authorized workforce argued that the US effort to extradite him was launched below stress from Donald Trump’s administration, and that his extradition would pose a extreme menace to press freedom.

But it surely was solely the chance he would commit suicide if he have been held in a US most safety jail that led Choose Vanessa Baraitser to reject the extradition request.

She stated Mr Assange suffered at occasions from extreme despair and had been recognized with autism. Half a razor blade was present in his London jail cell in Might 2019, and he had instructed medical workers of suicidal ideas and made plans to finish his life.

A US Justice Division spokesman stated on Monday: ‘Whereas we’re extraordinarily disillusioned within the court docket’s final choice, we’re gratified that america prevailed on each level of regulation raised…. We’ll proceed to hunt Mr Assange’s extradition to america.’  

In court docket in London, Mr Assange sat in a blue swimsuit with crossed legs and wiped his forehead after the choice was introduced, whereas his fiancee, Stella Moris – with whom he has two younger sons – wept.

Ms Moris, who fell in love with Assange whereas she was his lawyer, stated exterior the Previous Bailey: ‘Immediately is a victory for Julian. Immediately’s victory is a primary step in direction of justice on this case.’

Assange’s supporters cheered and hugged exterior the Previous Bailey after the decide revealed she was blocking Assange’s extradition

She additionally issued a direct enchantment to Donald Trump, which references President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 enchantment to Soviet lead Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘tear down’ the Berlin Wall. ‘Mr President tear down these jail partitions,’ she stated. ‘Let our little boys have their father. Free Julian. Free the press.’

Assange’s defence workforce, together with movie star barrister Jennifer Robinson, will return to the Previous Bailey on Wednesday for a bail utility. In the event that they profitable, he might be a free man instantly afterwards.

Nevertheless, that is regarded as unlikely given the US authorities’s intent to enchantment. They’ve 14 days to state their grounds, throughout which period Assange will keep on remand at HMP Belmarsh in south-west London.

Had Assange been convicted within the US, he would have been held in isolation on the infamous Supermax jail in Colorado, which has been described by a former warden as a ‘clear model of hell’ and a ‘destiny worse than dying’.

Choose Vanessa Baraitser stated there was an ‘unmanageable excessive threat’ of Assange taking his personal life if he was housed amid the grim situations as she revealed he has autism, Asperger’s and a extreme depressive dysfunction.

She accepted the proof of medical consultants who revealed that Assange had spoken brazenly about suicide whereas in Belmarsh and had ready for it by writing a will.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's partner, Stella Moris, speaks to the media outside the Old Bailey in London today

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s companion, Stella Moris, speaks to the media exterior the Previous Bailey in London in the present day

‘Immediately is a victory for Julian’: Assange’s companion Stella Moris hails verdict

Ms Moris, who fell in love with Assange whereas she was his lawyer, stated exterior the Previous Bailey: ‘I had hoped in the present day could be the day Julian would come dwelling. Immediately just isn’t that day however that day will come quickly.

‘So long as Julian has to endure struggling in isolation as an unconvicted prisoner at Belmarsh jail, so long as our kids proceed to be robbed of their father’s love and affection, we can not rejoice.

‘We’ll rejoice the day he comes dwelling. 

‘Immediately is a victory for Julian. Immediately’s victory is a primary step in direction of justice on this case.

‘On behalf of Julian and myself, I wish to thank the thousands and thousands of individuals around the globe and the establishments which can be already calling for this persecution to finish.

‘I ask you all to shout louder, you foyer tougher, till he’s free. I name on everybody else to return collectively to defend Julian’s rights; not simply Julian’s rights, they’re your rights too. Julian’s freedom is coupled to all our freedoms and our freedoms are misplaced within the blink of a watch.

‘I name on insiders to return ahead to reveal the total extent of the misconduct that has led to Julian’s imprisonment. And I name on the president of america to finish this now.

‘Mr President, tear down these jail partitions. Let our little boys have their father. Free Julian, free the press, free us all.’ 

In the meantime, Mexico supplied political asylum to Mr Assange on Monday afternoon. The nation’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated: ‘I’ll ask the overseas minister to hold out the related procedures to request that the UK authorities releases Mr Assange and that Mexico presents him political asylum.’

He stated Mexico would guarantee ‘that whoever receives asylum doesn’t intervene or intrude within the political affairs of any nation.’ The nation has beforehand supplied political asylum to high-profile worldwide figures corresponding to former Bolivian president Evo Morales.

Mr Assange’s supporters have been overjoyed on the choice to not extradite him to america however expressed dismay that the ruling was made on well being grounds slightly than in defence of freedom of expression. 

The activist has been backed by a raft of celebrities together with Pamela Anderson, artist Al Weiwei and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.  

Assange’s mom, Christine urged the US to not enchantment, saying her son had suffered sufficient. 

She tweeted: ‘UK Choose Vanessa Baraitser dominated towards extraditing my son Julian to the US on medical grounds.

‘US prosecutors state they are going to enchantment. I implore Pres Trump & Pres elect Biden to organize them to face down. The last decade lengthy course of was the punishment. He has suffered sufficient.’    

Conservative MP David Davis stated: ‘Excellent news Julian Assange’s extradition has been blocked. Extradition treaties shouldn’t be used for political prosecutions.’

Jeremy Corbyn, whose brother, Piers, was exterior the Previous Bailey in the present day, stated: ‘Excellent news that the extradition of Julian Assange has been refused – my congratulations to him and his authorized workforce. Extradition could be an assault on press freedom.

‘And it’s alarming that the decide has accepted US authorities arguments threatening freedom of speech and freedom to publish. There stays a lot at stake in his case, which is being noticed by so many around the globe. Assange ought to be launched.’ 

The choice was additionally welcomed by different Labour MPs, together with Richard Burgon and the previous shadow dwelling secretary Diane Abbott. 

Mr Burgon stated: ‘It’s fully proper that Julian Assange is not going to be extradited to the US. Julian Assange would have been extradited as a result of, as a journalist, he dared to reveal US battle crimes. 

‘Any extradition would have been an unprecedented assault on press freedom.’ 

Ms Abbott referred to as the choice an ‘wonderful ruling by the British decide’. She added: ‘Congratulations to all of the dogged campaigners on Assange’s behalf.’ 

However the journalist Glenn Greenwald added a notice of warning, saying the decide had endorsed a lot of the arguments put ahead by the US in favour of extradition – together with dismissing the concept it was an assault on freedom of speech. 

He stated: ‘This wasn’t a victory for press freedom. Fairly the opposite: the decide 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.’ 

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

Amnesty Worldwide tweeted: ‘We welcome the truth that Julian Assange is not going to be despatched to the USA, however this doesn’t absolve the UK from having engaged on this politically-motivated course of on the behest of the USA and placing media freedom and freedom of expression on trial.’ 

Assange, 49, faces an 18-count indictment, alleging a plot to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information

Assange, 49, faces an 18-count indictment, alleging a plot to hack computer systems and a conspiracy to acquire and disclose nationwide defence info 

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

Assange supporters celebrating exterior the Previous Bailey in the present day after he was spared from being despatched for trial in america  

How Assange is being defended by movie star lawyer Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson, a key member of Assange’s defence workforce, is the go-to barrister for the wealthy and well-known, most not too long ago strolling hand in hand with actress Amber Heard in her showdown towards her ex-husband Johnny Depp in his acrimonious libel trial.

She counts the Hollywood elite amongst her interior circle, travelling to George and Amal Clooney’s marriage ceremony on a speedboat with actor Invoice Murray.

A self-confessed Kyle Minogue fan, who has ‘nothing in her fridge however Champagne’ , the human rights lawyer as soon as set headlines alight after she was noticed canoodling with Jeremy Corbyn’s former spin physician, Seumas Milne.

Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson (left) with Assange's partner Stella Moris (right) at an earlier Old Bailey hearing

Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson (left) with Assange’s companion Stella Moris (proper) at an earlier Previous Bailey listening to

Ms Robinson and Mr Milne – a then-married father-of-two – have been photographed in a passionate embrace on the terrace of the Courthouse resort in East London in 2017. The 39-year-old, who got here from humble beginnings in Australia, has been recognized to make use of her social media as an outlet to criticise the Tories on their human rights file and tweet assist for Corbyn.

Much less is thought about Vanessa Baraitser, the district decide overseeing Assange’s case. 

She seems to be a specialist in extradition instances and final 12 months gave the go forward for an affiliate of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to be returned to France for trial. 

Alexandre Djouhri, who was arrested at Heathrow final 12 months after arriving on a flight from his Swiss dwelling, and is accused by French prosecutors of 9 offences regarding cash laundering and corruption. These are alleged to have been dedicated in circumstances related to Mr Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential marketing campaign.   

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser delivering her verdict today

District Choose Vanessa Baraitser delivering her verdict in the present day 

Choose Baraitser dominated that Assange risked being held below Particular Administrative Measures (Sams), which might have seen him in solitary confinement with restricted entry to household and solely two telephone calls monthly.

She stated: ‘Confronted with the situations of close to whole isolation with out the protecting components which restricted his threat at HMP Belmarsh, I’m glad the procedures described by the US is not going to stop Mr Assange from discovering a technique to commit suicide and for that reason I’ve determined extradition could be oppressive by motive of psychological hurt and I order his discharge.

‘Regardless of his lighter spirit at occasions, he is a depressed and typically despairing man who’s genuinely afraid of his future. He represents an unmanageable excessive threat of suicide, each in Belmarsh and the US.’

She revealed that in 1991 Mr Assange had tried to take his personal life and that there was a historical past of despair within the household.

His maternal grandmother and uncle each died by suicide, and Assange phoned the Samaritans most nights whereas in jail. 

Australian-born Assange had been charged below the US’s 1917 Espionage Act for conspiring with Chelsea Manning, a former Military intelligence analyst, to hack right into a Pentagon pc community and publish secret paperwork associated to ‘nationwide defence.’

The WikiLeaks founder confronted a complete of 18 prices and was additionally accused of placing the lives of US informants in danger by publishing the fabric.

Assange has been locked in a bitter dispute with US authorities since July 2010 when WikiLeaks began publishing tons of of hundreds of labeled US navy and political paperwork from the Afghan and Iraq wars.

As US officers pursued him by the British courts, in June 2012, Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy, requesting political asylum, which was granted two months later.

Assange remained holed up on the embassy till April 2019 when Ecuador revoked his asylum standing, resulting in his arrest and kickstarting a authorized battle that culminated in in the present day’s judgment.

Throughout his time within the embassy, the WikiLeaks founder fathered two kids together with his companion Stella Morris.

For the previous 19 months, Assange has been held at Belmarsh prime safety jail.

He first appeared on the Previous Bailey final February, however the case was pushed again due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If Assange had stood trial within the US, he confronted a potential 175 years in jail if convicted of all prices.

The controversial WikiLeaks founder has attracted a variety of high-profile supporters together with Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who visited him on the Ecuadorian embassy.

Others to have lent their assist embrace the artist Al Weiwei and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Assange was represented at his Previous Bailey trial final 12 months by eminent lawyer Jennifer Robinson.

The court docket head extraordinary particulars of the lengths US authorities have been ready to go to make sure that Assange stood trial within the nation.

This included hiring a US safety contractor to bug Assange’s conferences within the Ecuadorian embassy and even a potential kidnap or poison plot to finish the stalemate.

Choose Baraitser heard that if convicted, Assange confronted the prospect of being held in a Supermax ADX facility in Colorado, the place convicted terrorist Abu Hamza has been housed below Sams in solitary confinement.

Psychiatrists for the defence stated Assange had suffered from extreme despair and was a excessive suicide threat.

However legal professionals for the US Authorities claimed that the prospect of Assange being held below Sams was ‘speculative’ and the sentence was prone to be a lot decrease.

Chelsea Manning had been sentenced to 35 years over her position in leaking labeled materials however was given clemency after seven years.

Nevertheless, she was jailed once more for contempt in 2019 and fined for refusing to testify in court docket about Assange.   

Stella Moris, the mother of Julian Assange's children, Max and Gabriel (pictured left and right) this weekend said Britain 'would no longer be a haven for free speech' if he was extradited

Stella Moris, the mom of Julian Assange’s kids, Max and Gabriel (pictured left and proper) this weekend stated Britain ‘would not be a haven without cost speech’ if he was extradited

A jail van – most definitely carrying Assange – is seen coming into the Previous Bailey for in the present day’s listening to 

Timeline: Julian Assange’s lengthy authorized battle 


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


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

July: Wikileaks begins releasing tens of hundreds 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 recordsdata from the Afghan battle and 400,000 from Iraq that included the names of informants. 

August: Two Swedish ladies declare that they every had consensual intercourse with Assange in separate cases 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 instructed 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 court docket dominated that the investigation ought to be reopened and Assange ought to be detained for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and illegal coercion. A global arrest warrant is issued by Swedish police by 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.


February: A British decide guidelines Assange ought to be extradited to Sweden however Wikileaks discovered vows to combat the choice.

April:  A cache of labeled U.S. navy paperwork is launched by Wikileaks, together with intelligence assessments on almost all the 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.


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

August: Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador.


June: Assange tells a bunch of journalists he is not going to go away the embassy even when intercourse prices towards him are dropped out of concern he shall be extradited to the U.S.


August: Swedish prosecutors drop investigation into among the intercourse allegations towards Assange as a result of time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape stays energetic.


July: Wikileaks begins leaking emails U.S. Democratic Get together 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. 


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 comply with U.S. extradition.

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

Might: An investigation right into a intercourse allegation towards Assange is abruptly dropped by Swedish prosecutors. 


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 12 months 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 ‘elementary rights and freedoms’.

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


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

April 6: WikiLeaks tweets {that a} excessive degree Ecuadorian supply has instructed them Assange shall 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 decide 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 court docket 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 wish to query Assange. 

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

June 12 Dwelling 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 12 months.

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’. 


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

Assange’s representatives argue he can not 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 companion, 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 america’.

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

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

October 1 – Choose Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case on the Previous Bailey till January 4. 

January 4 – Choose Baraitser strikes down US extradition bid. 

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