WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out TODAY if he will be extradited to the US


US officers had been left ‘extraordinarily dissatisfied’ right now after a British choose determined Julian Assange can’t be extradited there to face spying costs because of the threat of him taking his personal life in an American jail.

The sensational ruling on the Outdated Bailey in London this morning raises the prospect that the 48-year-old WikiLeaks founder could possibly be freed this week – and, in an extra improvement, Mexico have now supplied him political asylum.

Australia-born Assange received his high-profile authorized battle towards US officers who wished to place him on trial for conspiring to hack authorities computer systems and violating an espionage regulation by releasing confidential cables.

A US Justice Division spokesman stated right now: ‘Whereas we’re extraordinarily dissatisfied within the court docket’s final resolution, we’re gratified that america prevailed on each level of regulation raised.’

The division pointed to Assange’s claims he had been exercising free speech rights and that the US was pursuing a political vendetta, including: ‘We’ll proceed to hunt Mr Assange’s extradition to america.’ 

In the meantime, Mexico supplied political asylum to Mr Assange this 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 provides 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 comparable to former Bolivian president Evo Morales.

At this time in court docket in London, Assange, sat in a blue go well with with crossed legs, 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Ms Moris, who fell in love with Assange whereas she was his lawyer, stated exterior the Outdated Bailey: ‘At this time is a victory for Julian. At this time’s victory is a primary step in direction of justice on this case.’

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 staff, together with superstar barrister Jennifer Robinson, will return to the Outdated Bailey on Wednesday for a bail software. In the event that they profitable, he could possibly be a free man instantly afterwards.

Nonetheless, that is considered unlikely given the US authorities’s intent to enchantment. They’ve 14 days to state their grounds, throughout which era 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 demise’.

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

She accepted the proof of medical specialists who revealed that Assange had spoken brazenly about suicide whereas in Belmarsh and had ready for it by writing a will. A razor blade was additionally present in his cell. 

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 today

Julian Assange has received his 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. He’s sketched on the Outdated Bailey right now

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

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 Outdated Bailey in London right now

Assange’s fiancee Stella Moris, seen exterior the Outdated Bailey right now, has stated that sending her lover to the US could be an ‘unthinkable travesty’

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’s supporters had been overjoyed on the resolution 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. 

‘At this time 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 Outdated Bailey: ‘I had hoped right now could be the day Julian would come dwelling. At this time 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 youngsters proceed to be robbed of their father’s love and affection, we can’t have a good time.

‘We’ll have a good time the day he comes dwelling. 

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

‘On behalf of Julian and myself, I need to thank the tens of millions of individuals world wide and the establishments which are already calling for this persecution to finish.

‘I ask you all to shout louder, you foyer more durable, till he’s free. I name on everybody else to come back 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 come back 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.’ 

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 Decide 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 Outdated Bailey right now, stated: ‘Excellent news that the extradition of Julian Assange has been refused – my congratulations to him and his authorized staff. Extradition could be an assault on press freedom.

‘And it’s alarming that the choose 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 world wide. Assange needs 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 solely 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 known as the choice an ‘wonderful ruling by the British choose’. She added: ‘Congratulations to all of the dogged campaigners on Assange’s behalf.’ 

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

He stated: ‘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.’ 

In the meantime, Edward Snowden – the whistleblower who labored with Wikileaks and is at present dwelling in Russia after leaking U.S. surveillance secrets and techniques – known 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 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 Outdated Bailey right now after he was spared from being despatched for trial in america  

Piers Corbyn (left) outside the Old Bailey today alongside a crowd of pro-Assange protesters

Piers Corbyn (left) exterior the Outdated Bailey right now alongside a crowd of pro-Assange protesters

How Assange is being defended by superstar lawyer Jennifer Robinson – whereas choose overseeing case extradited Sarkozy fraud suspect

Jennifer Robinson, a key member of Assange’s defence staff, is the go-to barrister for the wealthy and well-known, most lately 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 Outdated Bailey listening to

Ms Robinson and Mr Milne – a then-married father-of-two – had 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 report and tweet help for Corbyn.

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

She seems to be a specialist in extradition instances and final yr 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 yr after arriving on a flight from his Swiss dwelling, and is accused by French prosecutors of 9 offences referring to cash laundering and corruption. These are alleged to have been dedicated in circumstances linked to Mr Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential marketing campaign.   

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser delivering her verdict today

District Decide Vanessa Baraitser delivering her verdict right now 

Decide Baraitser dominated that Assange risked being held beneath 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 circumstances of close to whole isolation with out the protecting elements which restricted his threat at HMP Belmarsh, I’m happy the procedures described by the US is not going to forestall Mr Assange from discovering a strategy 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 instances, he is a depressed and generally despairing man who’s genuinely petrified 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 beneath the US’s 1917 Espionage Act for conspiring with Chelsea Manning, a former Military intelligence analyst, to hack right into a Pentagon laptop community and publish secret paperwork associated to ‘nationwide defence.’

The WikiLeaks founder confronted a complete of 18 costs 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 a whole lot of hundreds of categorised US army and political paperwork from the Afghan and Iraq wars.

As US officers pursued him by way of 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 right now’s judgment.

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

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

He first appeared on the Outdated 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 attainable 175 years in jail if convicted of all costs.

The controversial WikiLeaks founder has attracted quite a few 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 help embody the artist Al Weiwei and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Assange was represented at his Outdated Bailey trial final yr by eminent lawyer Jennifer Robinson.

The court docket head extraordinary particulars of the lengths US authorities had 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 attainable kidnap or poison plot to finish the stalemate.

Decide 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 beneath Sams in solitary confinement.

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

However attorneys for the US Authorities claimed that the prospect of Assange being held beneath 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 categorised materials however was given clemency after seven years.

Nonetheless, 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 at no cost speech’ if he was extradited

A jail van – more than likely carrying Assange – is seen coming into the Outdated Bailey for right now’s listening to 

Timeline: Julian Assange’s lengthy authorized battle 


Assange creates Wikileaks with a gaggle of like-minded activists and IT specialists to offer a safe manner 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 categorised U.S. authorities laptop with former Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. 

July: Wikileaks begins releasing tens of hundreds of high 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 categorised US army information 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 situations when he was on a 10-day journey to Stockholm. They allege the intercourse turned non-consensual when Assange refused to put on a condom.

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

Second Swedish lady claims she had intercourse with Assange at her condominium 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 together 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.Okay.  

November: A Swedish court docket 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 Court docket in London after his supporters pay £240,000 in money and sureties.


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

April:  A cache of categorised U.S. army 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 Court docket 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 gaggle of journalists he is not going to go away the embassy even when intercourse costs towards him are dropped out of concern he might be extradited to the U.S.


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


July: Wikileaks begins leaking emails U.S. Democratic Occasion 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 need to enhance diplomatic relations between his nation and the U.S. 

Could: An investigation right into a intercourse allegation towards Assange is immediately 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 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 ‘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 attorneys say they’re taking motion to make President Trump’s administration reveal costs ‘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 resolution 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 Court docket.

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

Could 1: Sentenced to 11 months in jail.

Could 2: Court docket 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 Could 30.

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

June 3: Swedish court docket 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 ‘may 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’ Court docket through 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 Court docket.

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’ Court docket, 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 dwelling 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 categorised info within the historical past of america’.

August 25 – Ms Moris visits her companion 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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