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Supporters of arrested Sea Shepherd founder say parallels with Julian Assange are ‘disturbing’ | Whaling

Supporters of arrested Sea Shepherd founder say parallels with Julian Assange are ‘disturbing’ | Whaling

The arrest of the anti-whaling activist Paul Watson in Greenland – where he could face extradition to Japan – has been condemned as “politically motivated” by supporters, who compared the case to the detention of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. “The parallels are disturbing,” said Omar Todd, chief executive and co-founder of the Captain Paul Watson Foundation (CPWF). “We have our own extradition drama going on,” Todd said. “Governments don’t like people to tell the truth or do the right thing. “Assange’s case was political and Paul’s case is the same. If Julian had been extradited to the US, he knew he was going there to die. If it comes to it and Paul gets extradited to Japan, he could get 15 years in prison … it’s like a life sentence.” The office of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said he was pressing Danish authorities not to extradite Watson to Japan. Macron is “following the situation closely” and “intervening with the Danish authorities”, his Élysée Palace office said. Brigitte Bardot, the former actor and French …

US Submits ‘Assurances’ To UK Govt Over Assange Extradition 

US Submits ‘Assurances’ To UK Govt Over Assange Extradition 

Via Consortium News The United States Embassy on Tuesday filed two assurances with the British Foreign Office saying it would not seek the death penalty against imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and would allow Assange “the ability to raise and seek to reply upon at trial … the rights and protections given under the First Amendment,” according to the U.S. diplomatic note.   Assange’s wife Stella Assange said the note “makes no undertaking to withdraw the prosecution’s previous assertion that Julian has no First Amendment rights because he is not a U.S citizen. Instead,” she said, “the US has limited itself to blatant weasel words claiming that Julian can ‘seek to raise’ the First Amendment if extradited.”    The note contains a hollow statement, namely, that Assange can try to raise the First Amendment at trial (and at sentencing), but the U.S. Department of Justice can’t guarantee he would get those rights, which is precisely what it must do under British extradition law based on the European Convention on Human Rights.  Via AP The U.S. Department of Justice …

U.S. Lays Out Protections for Assange if He Is Extradited

U.S. Lays Out Protections for Assange if He Is Extradited

The possibility that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, could be extradited to the United States seemed to edge closer on Tuesday, after American officials sent assurances to British authorities that he would not face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality, and that he could seek First Amendment protections. The assurances were the latest turn in a prolonged legal battle over the extradition of Mr. Assange, who has been indicted by the United States for violating the Espionage Act by publishing classified documents. They came after a remark from President Biden last week that the administration was considering a request from Mr. Assange’s home country of Australia that he be allowed to return there, prompting speculation that the U.S. could be rethinking the case. But the filing of the commitments, requested by a British court last month as part of Mr. Assange’s five-year battle against extradition to the United States, suggested that American authorities may still be pursuing his removal. Mr. Assange, 52, was the head of WikiLeaks in 2010 when it published …

‘Do The Right Thing’: Assange Supporters Urge As Biden Mulls Dropping Case

‘Do The Right Thing’: Assange Supporters Urge As Biden Mulls Dropping Case

President Joe Biden this week for the first time said his administration is weighing the Australian government’s requests to drop charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been deprived of his freedom since 2010 and is currently jailed in London’s notorious Belmarsh Prison while fighting extradition to the United States. Asked by reporters at the White House about requests from Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and members of the country’s Parliament for the U.S. and United Kingdom to drop the extradition effort and charges against Assange – an Australian citizen – Biden said that “we’re considering it.” Stella Assange, Julian’s wife, responded to Biden’s remarks on social media. “Do the right thing,” she wrote. “Drop the charges. #FreeAssangeNOW.” Stella Assange at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, AP Srećko Horvat, a Croatian philosopher and co-founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 pan-European progressive political party, said that “this would be the best decision Biden ever made.” British journalist Afshin Rattansi asked, “Why has Julian Assange been put through this ordeal in the first place?” Assange – who is …

Chris Hedges: The Crucifixion Of Julian Assange

Chris Hedges: The Crucifixion Of Julian Assange

Authored by Chris Hedges via ScheerPost, The Crucifixion of Julian Assange – by Mr. Fish Prosecutors representing the United States, whether by design or incompetence, refused — in the two-day hearing I attended in London in February — to provide guarantees that Julian Assange would be afforded First Amendment rights and would be spared the death penalty if extradited to the U.S.  The inability to give these assurances all but guaranteed that the High Court — as it did on Tuesday — would allow Julian’s lawyers to appeal. Was this done to stall for time so that Julian would not be extradited until after the U.S. presidential election? Was it a delaying tactic to work out a plea deal? Julian’s lawyers and U.S. prosecutors are discussing this possibility. Was it careless legal work? Or was it to keep Julian locked in a high security prison until he collapses mentally and physically?  If Julian is extradited, he will stand trial for allegedly violating 17 counts of the 1917 Espionage Act, with a potential sentence of 170 years, along with another charge for …

Julian Assange Extradition On Hold Until U.S. Gives More Assurances

Julian Assange Extradition On Hold Until U.S. Gives More Assurances

The High Court in London ruled on Tuesday that Julian Assange, the embattled WikiLeaks founder, cannot be immediately extradited to the United States, saying American authorities must offer assurances about his treatment first, including over his First Amendment rights and protection from the death penalty. The decision had been highly anticipated as the moment the court would decide if Mr. Assange had exhausted his challenges within British courts. Instead, in a nuanced ruling, two judges determined that clarity on his fate would again be on hold. The two High Court judges said that the court “will grant leave to appeal” on narrow grounds, “unless a satisfactory assurance is provided by the Government of the United States of America.” The court has given the United States three weeks “to give satisfactory assurances” that Mr. Assange “is permitted to rely on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (which protects free speech), that he is not prejudiced at trial (including sentence) by reason of his nationality, that he is afforded the same First Amendment protections as …

UK court opens way for Assange to appeal US extradition | Julian Assange News

UK court opens way for Assange to appeal US extradition | Julian Assange News

High Court gives the US additional time to give ‘satisfactory assurances’ that WikiLeaks founder will face a fair trial. A UK court has ruled that Julian Assange should have the chance to appeal an order to extradite him to the US. The High Court in London ruled on Tuesday that the WikiLeaks founder must have the right to challenge the British government’s June 2022 extradition order, unless the United States provides within three weeks assurances that he would receive a fair trial and would not face the death penalty. At the same time, the court rejected Assange’s bid for an appeal based on the claim that the case against him is politically motivated. The ruling suggests that the legal wrangling, which has been ongoing for more than a decade, will continue. Assange, who was not present in court to hear the ruling, has been detained in London’s Belmarsh Prison since he was arrested in 2019. US prosecutors are seeking to put the 52-year-old on trial on 18 counts, all bar one under the Espionage Act, …

Assange appeal: US must give death penalty assurances – judges

Assange appeal: US must give death penalty assurances – judges

Stella Assange, the wife of Julian Assange, (centre) speaking to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday 26 March 2024. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire The United States must give assurances that Julian Assange will not face the death penalty before judges will consider dismissing the Wikileaks founder’s bid to bring an extradition appeal, the High Court has ruled. Assange faces prosecution in the US over an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following the publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In a January 2021 ruling, then-district judge Vanessa Baraitser said that Assange should not be sent to the US, citing a real and “oppressive” risk of suicide, while ruling against him on all other issues. Later that year, US authorities won their High Court bid to overturn this block, paving the way towards Assange’s extradition. During a two-day hearing in February, lawyers for the 52-year-old asked for the go-ahead to challenge the original judge’s dismissal of other parts of his case to prevent his extradition. …

Julian Assange gets temporary reprieve as he fights extradition to US – POLITICO

Julian Assange gets temporary reprieve as he fights extradition to US – POLITICO

The decision extends Assange’s stay at the high security Belmarsh Prison in southeast London, where he has been held since April 2019. Legal action against Assange started in 2010 after hundreds of thousands of leaked documents about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were published. The publisher spent seven years in London’s Ecuadorian embassy between 2012 and 2019 to avoid extradition to Sweden on a separate investigation which was later dropped. Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the United States’ extradition request in June 2019, an action supported by subsequent Home Secretary Priti Patel, who signed an extradition order in June 2022. If extradited to America, Assange’s lawyers say he could face up to 175 years in prison, while U.S. government lawyers have argued Assange’s actions put innocent lives at risk. The High Court previously ruled Assange could be extradited in December 2021 following assurances he would not face restrictive prison measures. Source link

UK court rules Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the U.S.

UK court rules Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the U.S.

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain. Henry Nicholls | Reuters WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday was granted permission by a U.K. court to appeal his extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted on spying charges. Assange will therefore not be extradited immediately, the court said. The ruling from the Royal Courts of Justice in London means Assange will have the opportunity to pursue a new hearing, unless the U.S. provides “satisfactory assurances” on certain aspects that would address his grounds of appeal. The court said it would give the U.S. three weeks to give assurances that Assange is permitted to rely on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, that he is not prejudiced at trial by reason of his nationality, that he is afforded the same First Amendment protections as a U.S. citizen and that he would not be subject to the death penalty. An appeal hearing will be granted if those assurances are not given. A further hearing on May 20 will determine whether the assurances …