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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Jonathan Cook has written a typically excellent article here entitled 'Abuses show Assange case was never about law'

    Extracted here:

    Back in 2017, when the rest of the media were still pretending this was all about Assange fleeing Swedish “justice”, John Pilger noted:
    In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the “Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch” foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally. The “mission” was to destroy the “trust” that was WikiLeaks’ “centre of gravity”. This would be achieved with threats of “exposure [and] criminal prosecution”. Silencing and criminalising such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim.” …

    According to Australian diplomatic cables, Washington’s bid to get Assange is “unprecedented in scale and nature”. …

    The US Justice Department has contrived charges of “espionage”, “conspiracy to commit espionage”, “conversion” (theft of government property), “computer fraud and abuse” (computer hacking) and general “conspiracy”. The favoured Espionage Act, which was meant to deter pacifists and conscientious objectors during World War One, has provisions for life imprisonment and the death penalty. …

    In 2015, a federal court in Washington blocked the release of all information about the “national security” investigation against WikiLeaks, because it was “active and ongoing” and would harm the “pending prosecution” of Assange. The judge, Barbara J. Rothstein, said it was necessary to show “appropriate deference to the executive in matters of national security”. This is a kangaroo court.


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    In the article he also provides a helpful breakdown and timeline of the anomalies present in Julian's case, extracted below.
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    So here is a far from complete list – aided by the research of John Pilger, Craig Murray and Caitlin Johnstone, and the origin investigative work of Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi – of some of the most glaring anomalies in Assange’s legal troubles. There are 17 of them below. Each might conceivably have been possible in isolation. But taken together they are overwhelming evidence that this was never about enforcing the law. From the start, Assange faced political persecution.
    No judicial authority
    * In late summer 2010, neither of the two Swedish women alleged Assange had raped them when they made police statements. They went together to the police station after finding out that Assange had slept with them both only a matter of days apart and wanted him to be forced to take an HIV test.
    One of the women, SW, refused to sign the police statement when she understood the police were seeking an indictment for rape. The investigation relating to the second woman, AA, was for a sexual assault specific to Sweden. A condom produced by AA that she says Assange tore during sex was found to have neither her nor Assange’s DNA on it, undermining her credibility.

    * Sweden’s strict laws protecting suspects during preliminary investigations were violated by the Swedish media to smear Assange as a rapist. In response, the Stockholm chief prosecutor, Eva Finne, took charge and quickly cancelled the investigation: “I don’t believe there is any reason to suspect that he has committed rape.” She later concluded: “There is no suspicion of any crime whatsoever.”

    * The case was revived by another prosecutor, Marianne Ny, although she never questioned Assange. He spent more than a month in Sweden waiting for developments in the case, but was then told by prosecutors he was free to leave for the UK, suggesting that suspicions against him were not considered serious enough to detain him in Sweden. Nonetheless, shortly afterwards, Interpol issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and dangerous criminals.

    * The UK supreme court approved an extradition to Sweden based on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in 2010, despite the fact that it was not signed by a “judicial authority”, only by the Swedish prosecutor. The terms of the EAW agreement were amended by the UK government shortly after the Assange ruling to make sure such an abuse of legal procedure never occurred again.

    * The UK supreme court also approved Assange’s extradition even though Swedish authorities refused to offer an assurance that he would not be extradited onwards to the US, where a grand jury was already formulating draconian charges in secret against him under the Espionage Act. The US similarly refused to give an assurance they would not seek his extradition.

    * In these circumstances, Assange fled to Ecuador’s embassy in London in summer 2012, seeking political asylum. That was after the Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, blocked Assange’s chance to appealto the European Court of Human Rights.

    * Australia not only refused Assange, a citizen, any help during his long ordeal, but prime minister Julia Gillard even threatened to strip Assange of his citizenship, until it was pointed out that it would be illegal for Australia to do so.

    * Britain, meanwhile, not only surrounded the embassy with a large police force at great public expense, but William Hague, the foreign secretary, threatened to tear up the Vienna Convention, violating Ecuador’s diplomatic territory by sending UK police into the embassy to arrest Assange.

    Six years of heel-dragging
    * Although Assange was still formally under investigation, Ny refused to come to London to interview him, despite similar interviews having been conducted by Swedish prosecutors 44 times in the UK in the period Assange was denied that right.

    * In 2016, international legal experts in the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which adjudicates on whether governments have complied with human rights obligations, ruled that Assange was being detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden. Although both countries participated in the UN investigation, and had given the tribunal vocal support when other countries were found guilty of human rights violations, they steadfastly ignored its ruling in favour of Assange.
    UK Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond flat-out lied in claiming the UN panel was “made up of lay people and not lawyers”. The tribunal comprises leading experts in international law, as is clear from their CVs. Nonetheless, the lie became Britain’s official response to the UN ruling. The British media performed no better. A Guardian editorial dismissed the verdict as nothing more than a “publicity stunt”.

    * Ny finally relented on Assange being interviewed in November 2016, with a Swedish prosecutor sent to London after six years of heel-dragging. However, Assange’s Swedish lawyer was barred from being present. Ny was due to be questioned about the interview by a Stockholm judge in May 2017 but closed the investigation against Assange the very same day.

    * In fact, correspondence that was later revealed under a Freedom of Information request – pursued by Italian investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi – shows that the British prosecution service, the CPS, pressured the Swedish prosecutor not to come to the London to interview Assange through 2010 and 2011, thereby creating the embassy standoff.

    * Also, the CPS destroyed most of the incriminating correspondence to circumvent the FoI requests. The emails that surfaced did so only because some copies were accidentally overlooked in the destruction spree. Those emails were bad enough. They show that in 2013 Sweden had wanted to drop the case against Assange but had come under strong British pressure to continue the pretence of seeking his extradition. There are emails from the CPS stating, “Don’t you dare” drop the case, and most revealing of all: “Please do not think this case is being dealt with as just another extradition.”


    * It also emerged that Marianne Ny had deleted an email she received from the FBI.

    * Despite his interview with Ny taking place in late 2016, Assange was not subseqently charged in absentia – an option Sweden could have pursued if it had thought the evidence was strong enough.

    * After Sweden dropped the investigation against Assange, his lawyers sought last year to get the British arrest warrant for his bail breach dropped. They had good grounds, both because the allegations over which he’d been bailed had been dropped by Sweden and because he had justifiable cause to seek asylum given the apparent US interest in extraditing him and locking him up for life for political crimes. His lawyers could also argue convincingly that the time he had spent in confinement, first under house arrest and then in the embassy, was more than equivalent to time, if any, that needed to be served for the bail infringement. However, the judge, Emma Arbuthnot, rejected the Assange team’s strong legal arguments. She was hardly a dispassionate observer. In fact, in a properly ordered world she should have recused herself, given that she is the wife of a government whip, who was also a business partner of a former head of MI6, Britain’s version of the CIA.

    * Assange’s legal rights were again flagrantly violated last week, with the collusion of Ecuador and the UK, when US prosecutors were allowed to seize Assange’s personal items from the embassy while his lawyers and UN officials were denied the right to be present.
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Bumping my post here. Not through any sense of vanity at all but I'm concerned that the lack of engagement in it may suggest that this important documentary may have been missed.

    Reassurance always welcome
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Update: He missed the extradition hearing because he’s too ill.

    There’s a lot of noise and insinuating about Julian not being ill, total nonsense.

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    To supporters of Julian and WikiLeaks.

    Prayers are needed.

    Letters of support and encouragement to Julian, in case he recovers enough to be able to read them.

    Donate to defence fund if in position to.

    APPLY PRESSURE to gov reps and human rights groups.

    This is all to cripple WikiLeaks, keep them strong (search “Assange” in WikiLeaks’ “The Global Intelligence Files” publication if in doubt). Support WikiLeaks.
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    "The mills of God grind slowly; those of the Devil seem to spin dangerously fast." [Craig Murray]

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    Usually I'd post Craig Murray's articles in full (it can be read here in its entirety), but, as much of it does overlap with Jonathan Cook's (above) I've opted to share some pertinent morsels instead. That the British 'State' can so openly and transparently reveal itself to be what we've long known it really to be, in its handling of a fellow journalist, ought in the minds of any awake and rational persons be another nail in its coffin. Corrupt doesn't come anywhere near close, or appropriate enough an adjective to describe it and the very dark recesses it inhabits.

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    To wit, from Craig:

    "I have asked before and I ask again. If this were a dissident publisher in Russia, what would the UK political and media class be saying about his being dragged out by armed police, and convicted and sentenced to jail by a judge without a jury, just three hours later, after a farce of a “trial” in which the judge insulted him and called him a “narcissist” before he had said anything in his defence? The Western media would be up in arms if that happened in Russia. Here, they cheer it on."


    "Julian is imprisoned for at least another five months, even with parole (which they will probably find an excuse not to grant). After that he will be held further on remand. There is therefore no need for rush. The refusal of the Swedish court to delay a hearing on a potential extradition warrant at all, to allow Julian to recover to the extent he can instruct his lawyer, and the very brief postponement of the US extradition hearing in London, with the intimation it may be held inside Belmarsh prison if Julian is too unwell to move, are both examples of an entirely unaccustomed and unnecessary haste with which the case is being rushed forward."
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Anyone else think of the possibility that Assange may be drugged or poisoned in his food/ drink in small doses? Who is to know what they actually feed him at the prison?

    If so, his life would be in grave danger. I don't even think it's a matter of extended imprisonment, it's a matter of life or death.

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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    From Caitlin's article about Assange's health:

    We have been watching the slow-motion assassination of Julian Assange. They have been choking him to death by tactical psyops, siege tactics, and wilful neglect as surely as if they placed a noose tied around his neck, not just in Belmarsh Prison but in the embassy as well.

    The only difference between his execution and someone on death row is the same as the difference between covert and overt warfare, which makes sense because the intelligence, judicial and military agencies who are carrying out his death sentence operate within the same power structure which carries out war.

    First came the smears (propaganda), then came the siege (sanctions), and they staged their coup (dragged him out of the embassy) and now they’ve got him in their clutches and they can do what they want behind closed doors. That’s how you kill a nation while still looking like a nice guy, and that’s how they’re killing Assange.

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    Quote Anyone else think of the possibility that Assange may be drugged or poisoned in his food/ drink in small doses? Who is to know what they actually feed him at the prison?
    It is one possibility. It's well known that he has not been well for years and has needed medical care. That he got much worse after the move to the prison indicates that he had not had that care which he most certainly should have had. It could also indicate they are making him worse. Both in the US and the UK certain govt persons have indicated they want him dead. So yes, this could be a convenient way to eliminate the problem of speech and press freedom and one of it's strongest proponents. With him gone due to health problems, before a trial, the issue could also die a convenient and relatively quiet death.

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    I just encountered a problem with the US postal service. The instructions re writing to Assange at the prison are that you have to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    My local post office said they cannot oblige since they don't have stamps from the UK to put on the self-addressed stamped envelope.
    So I guess I will have to have send the letter to someone in the UK and have them stamp the letter to Julian and to me and send it to Julian.
    I am not expecting Julian to answer, but apparently the prison has very precise rules which have to be followed to the "t".
    And I wonder if they will even give him his mail, or if he is any shape to read it.
    But it's a gesture worth making, at least.
    In my letter, I mention that I belong to a forum and we are doing intentional meditations and sending him love and healing, so hopefully that will be comforting, if it reaches him.
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Good idea. Anyone the UK willing to receive these mails to forward on to JA and well as to include the postage on a return envelope? We could cover your expenses by paypal.

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    Quote Posted by latte (here)
    Good idea. Anyone the UK willing to receive these mails to forward on to JA and well as to include the postage on a return envelope? We could cover your expenses by paypal.
    Yes, I'm willing. PM me.
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    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    I just encountered a problem with the US postal service. The instructions re writing to Assange at the prison are that you have to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    My local post office said they cannot oblige since they don't have stamps from the UK to put on the self-addressed stamped envelope.
    So I guess I will have to have send the letter to someone in the UK and have them stamp the letter to Julian and to me and send it to Julian.
    I am not expecting Julian to answer, but apparently the prison has very precise rules which have to be followed to the "t".
    And I wonder if they will even give him his mail, or if he is any shape to read it.
    But it's a gesture worth making, at least.
    In my letter, I mention that I belong to a forum and we are doing intentional meditations and sending him love and healing, so hopefully that will be comforting, if it reaches him.
    You do not have to include a self addressed, stamped envelope, that’s for Julian to write back to you. So you can write to him while you wait for those stamps, if you wish. To ensure he receives your letter, follow the instructions HERE.

    I just bought the stamps from the UK, you can buy them HERE.
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    The instructions say: "INCLUDE A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER WITH A SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE FOR JULIAN TO WRITE BACK, IT MUST BE PRE-STAMPED (UK STAMPS ONLY).
    It doesn't say "you can include" it says "include". Are you sure the self addressed envelope doesn't have to be included? Thanks Rachel.
    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)

    You do not have to include a self addressed, stamped envelope, that’s for Julian to write back to you. So you can write to him while you wait for those stamps, if you wish. To ensure he receives your letter, follow the instructions HERE.

    I just brought the stamps from the UK, you can buy them HERE.
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    Quote Posted by Omi (here)
    Anyone else think of the possibility that Assange may be drugged or poisoned in his food/ drink in small doses? Who is to know what they actually feed him at the prison?

    If so, his life would be in grave danger. I don't even think it's a matter of extended imprisonment, it's a matter of life or death.

    What is there we can do for Assange at this point but to keep praying... My heart sends lots of light to his soul.
    His life is in danger, no doubt about that, but poisoning isn’t necessary, that would be a risk they don’t have to take.

    According to the CIA, the most effective form of torture is to turn the target’s self against them, they exhibit less resilience, resolve and resistance than when another person inflicts the torture on them. SHU conditions, such as what Assange has been enduring, is a distilled version of such torture. The key is isolation and he has also been mostly isolated for the year leading up to his imprisonment.

    The primary effect of isolation is the dissolving/collapsing of the self. Their own disintegrating minds are used against them. People lose their minds in these conditions, no wonder Julian can barely hold a conversation at this point. As an example of the effects; imagine hearing screams in the distance, only to realise the screams are yours. Imagine screaming without knowing you are. Experiences such as this, and worse, have been reported by prisoners who have endured such archaic conditions as these.

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    UN expert says "collective persecution" of Julian Assange must end now (May 31)
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    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    The instructions say: "INCLUDE A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER WITH A SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE FOR JULIAN TO WRITE BACK, IT MUST BE PRE-STAMPED (UK STAMPS ONLY).
    It doesn't say "you can include" it says "include". Are you sure the self addressed envelope doesn't have to be included? Thanks Rachel.
    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)

    You do not have to include a self addressed, stamped envelope, that’s for Julian to write back to you. So you can write to him while you wait for those stamps, if you wish. To ensure he receives your letter, follow the instructions HERE.

    I just brought the stamps from the UK, you can buy them HERE.
    Absolutely positive. This question has been answered by the folks managing the @WriteJulian Twitter account. Also, other people have been informed that he received their letter but their stamps were returned to them because they were loose, instead of on the self addressed envelope.
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    From RT UK

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    Full text of letter -

    Julian Assange writes a letter from Belmarsh prison

    (Published by The Canary, dated 13 May 2019, to independent journalist Gordon Dimmack)



    Thanks Gordon. You are a good man.

    I have been isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself: no laptop, no internet, ever, no computer, no library, so far, but even if I get access it will be just for half an hour, with everyone else, once a week. Just two visits a month and it takes weeks to get someone on the call list and a Catch-22 in getting their details to be security screened. Then all calls except lawyers, are recorded and calls are max 10 minutes and in a limited 30-min window each day in which all prisoners compete for the phone. And credit? Just a few pounds a week and no one can call in.

    The other side? A superpower that has been preparing for 9 years with hundreds of people and untold millions spent on the case. I am defenseless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life.

    I am unbroken, albeit literally surrounded by murderers, but the days when I could read and speak and organize to defend myself, my ideals, and my people are over until I am free! Everyone else must take my place.

    The US government, or rather, those regrettable elements in it that hate truth liberty and justice, want to cheat their way into my extradition and death, rather than letting the public hear the truth, for which I have won the highest awards in journalism and have been nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Truth, ultimately, is all we have.

    J.P.A.

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    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    I just encountered a problem with the US postal service. The instructions re writing to Assange at the prison are that you have to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    My local post office said they cannot oblige since they don't have stamps from the UK to put on the self-addressed stamped envelope.
    So I guess I will have to have send the letter to someone in the UK and have them stamp the letter to Julian and to me and send it to Julian.
    I am not expecting Julian to answer, but apparently the prison has very precise rules which have to be followed to the "t".
    And I wonder if they will even give him his mail, or if he is any shape to read it.
    But it's a gesture worth making, at least.
    In my letter, I mention that I belong to a forum and we are doing intentional meditations and sending him love and healing, so hopefully that will be comforting, if it reaches him.
    This is a call out to any members wishing to write to Julian who are based anywhere where it is problematic acquiring British stamps

    Members can mail me, in confidence, direct, and I ask that you PM me in the first instance. I used to live not ever so far from where Julian is incarcerated as well and make periodic trips to that part of London. I may even be inclined to turn up there in person and deliver mail, but, I'll not necessarily commit 100% to that course of action as I may not have time.
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    Absolutely positive.
    Positive that stamps do, or do not, have to be included, or positive that something else?

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    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)
    Absolutely positive.
    Positive that stamps do, or do not, have to be included, or positive that something else?
    Positive that we don’t have to include a self addressed, stamped envelope in our letters to Julian. The rest of my post was just a couple of reasons I am positive (also, it’s common sense because that’s for Julian to write back, which is optional, but the wording in the instructions has caused some confusion).

    ***

    While I’m here I’ll recap on what to do to ensure our letters to him reach him (with a few added details/notes). Write your letter on plain, white paper. Address it as per image in post #149 and include your full name and address on the back. (People have asked for his prison number to include on the front and they were told to not include that.). We can’t send him books or postcards but we can include paper items; photographs or illustrations/drawings.

    Since he’s in a concrete box, I want to send him images of forests, oceans etc. printed on paper but just included a short letter for the first one, to be certain he gets it. I’m also going to write out poetry and short passages from inspiring books, there’s only so many ways to thank him for WikiLeaks, encourage him to hang in there and assure him we’re doing all we can out here, I’m thinking that will get monotonous.

    For anyone who does include a self addressed, stamped envelope (or contacts Tintin); keep the envelope and piece of paper plain white and make sure the stamps are on the envelope, they’ll not give him any loose stamps from us (to avoid people sending drugs to prisoners on stamps, I’m guessing). Affix two 1st class stamps for international mail (max size of envelope: 240mm long, 165mm wide).

    To avoid confusion, just take this as a side note. One person sent loose stamps and they were returned. The person posted a list of items we can send him (seemingly from Belmarsh) and stamps aren’t allowed. That list said he can purchase stamps from the prison. So my one concern is that he won’t be allowed to receive any stamps from us at all; loose or affixed to envelope. In that case we’ll need to send him some money (we can apparently send him money orders) but since the instructions from writejulian.com say we can send stamps on the envelope we’ll cross that bridge if we get to it (Tintin, we’ll likely need your help with that), hopefully that person’s stamps were returned just because they’re weren’t affixed to the envelope. Worth sorting out because it will give Julian something constructive to do that’s light and positive and not too complex to focus on (and will help with the isolating effects).

    I’ll report here any letters that are returned, so we know what we can’t do. I’ll also report here if I receive any replies, so we know for certain what works. I’d greatly appreciate it if others sending letters do this also, if you’re cool with that, so we can iron out any wrinkles as soon as possible. I’m not confident he’ll be able to receive letters once in Sweden or the US (maybe, Chelsea does receive letters), so we might only have a year to encourage and comfort him.

    ***

    Personal note. I believe in the goodness of people, I don’t believe people are as stupid or heartless as the governments/corps involved in this persecution seem to believe we are. I believe that if Julian is extradited to the US this will end shortly after, due to public pressure (and a well resourced/equipped legal team to defend him).

    This still could be over in a couple of years or less and we’ll see Julian free and WikiLeaks safe (big concern that other staff are next). Positive thoughts, we are on the right side of truth and are only defending it, not causing conflict. We can do this.
    Never give up on your silly, silly dreams.

    You mustn't be afraid to dream a little BIGGER, darling.

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    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)
    Quote Posted by Paul (here)
    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)
    Absolutely positive.
    Positive that stamps do, or do not, have to be included, or positive that something else?
    Positive that we don’t have to include a self addressed, stamped envelope in our letters to Julian. The rest of my post was just a couple of reasons I am positive (also, it’s common sense because that’s for Julian to write back, which is optional, but the wording in the instructions has caused some confusion).

    ***

    While I’m here I’ll recap on what to do to ensure our letters to him reach him (with a few added details/notes). Write your letter on plain, white paper. Address it as per image in post #149 and include your full name and address on the back. .


    For anyone who does include a self addressed, stamped envelope (or contacts Tintin); keep the envelope and piece of paper plain white and make sure the stamps are on the envelope, they’ll not give him any loose stamps from us (to avoid people sending drugs to prisoners on stamps, I’m guessing). Affix two 1st class stamps for international mail (max size of envelope: 240mm long, 165mm wide).

    (we can apparently send him money orders) but since the instructions from writejulian.com say we can send stamps on the envelope we’ll cross that bridge if we get to it (Tintin, we’ll likely need your help with that)

    I’ll report here any letters that are returned, so we know what we can’t do. I’ll also report here if I receive any replies, so we know for certain what works.
    Yes, absolutely.

    We could also operate on the premise that Julian will be swamped with mail, from people all over the world, and will likely just not be able to respond to everyone.

    Mod edit: Thank you ...true that, here’s hoping! ~ Rach.
    Last edited by Innocent Warrior; 2nd June 2019 at 15:09. Reason: Replied to Tintin.
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