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    Veteran journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, just about one of the very best there's ever been, who always manages to so concisely and eloquently say it how it really is:

    "Compliant journalists in the UK, US, Australia suppressed the significance of the outrage of the #Assange trial: the obscene bias, the studied cruelty. Is this the press freedom we are fighting for? The Guardian's deceit about its role in unredacted cables shames real journalism."


    Link: https://twitter.com/johnpilger/statu...34453057052672





    ....and something from 2011, from Julian himself:

    http://avalonlibrary.net/Julian_Assa...rview_2011.mp4

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    From The Watchdog - Leaked evidence shows that Assange arrest came after Wikileaks publisher refused to name sources

    U.S. President Donald Trump offered Julian Assange clemency in return for confirmation that Seth Rich was the source of leaked Democratic Party emails — only to push for the indictment of the Wikileaks founder when he refused to comply.

    Text messages released last week by Kim Dotcom, the internet entrepreneur and close associate of Assange, revealed how he helped facilitate a 2017 meeting between the 48-year-old Australian and former U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Cal).

    After his first meeting with Trump in April of that year, Rohrabacher travelled to meet Assange — then arbitrarily detained in Ecuador’s London embassy — after Dotcom brokered the arrangement through his friend and Fox News host, Sean Hannity.

    In personal messages between the two, Hannity told Dotcom that the idea of a presidential pardon was “met with enthusiasm” by Trump (demarcated as T in the exchanges). That followed a number of Dotcom’s messages urging the cable news host to push for the arrangement.

    “Remind T about the art of the deal,” one of them read.

    “I have discussed it [the Assange deal] with him many times,” Hannity responded.



    The tweets came after Rohrabacher released a press statement confirming he had indeed made an informal quid-pro-quo proposition to Assange, but denied he had been sent on Trump’s instructions.

    “At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange,” Rohrabacher said.

    “Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange. I was on my own fact-finding mission at personal expense to find out information I thought was important to our country.”

    “When speaking with Assange,” he later added, “I told him that if he could provide me information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him.”

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also dismissed the notion of a Trump-endorsed pardon offer, calling the claim “absolutely and completely false.” She added that Trump “barely knows” Rohrabacher and had “never spoken to him on this subject.” This denial came despite their earlier phone call between the two and a 45-minute meeting at the White House attended by former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

    The messages released by Dotcom reveal a different version of events than those expressed by Rohrabacher and the White House, however. In a further screenshot, this time between him and Assange, the interactions showed Trump had first-hand knowledge of the pardon agreement.



    The message came one day after the Rohrabacher meeting where Assange refused to reveal his source. Accordingly, Trump’s patience was tested.

    “When is this all finally coming out,” Trump said of Rich according to the screen shots. Assange, however, maintained his position.

    In turn, Trump took his vengeance. Because not only would the admission that Rich — a DNC staffer who was murdered in Washington D.C. — discredit the unsubstantiated Russia allegations that swirled at the time of the Democrat-led Mueller investigation, the information could have provided useful ammunition for the upcoming election.

    “I have no need to do anyone favours,” Assange said in response to Trump’s request. He was then charged with 18 espionage-linked indictments after refusing to supply the evidence.

    And if the texts alone were insufficient to show the political nature of the persecution of Assange, Dotcom’s screen-grabs were then quickly followed by another set of damning revelations: Cassandra Fairbanks, a Conservative journalist and confidant of Assange’s, leaked audio recordings from calls between her and Arthur Schwartz, a middle-aged political consultant known as Donald Trump Jr.’s “fixer”.

    The first phone call of note came after Fairbanks visited Assange in October 2018 and after she penned a now-deleted article on the persecuted journalist. In it, Fairbanks had interviewed Assange’s mother, Christine Assange, and had hoped to raise sympathy among Conservative circles.

    Instead, after the article was shared in a group message with Schwartz and his boss, Rick Grenell — the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and Trump’s new Director of National Intelligence — Fairbanks received a phone call from the Trump operative that she described as “insane”.

    “A little bit after I published this article,” Fairbanks said, “I posted it in the group hoping that someone would see it and maybe they would feel bad or would maybe be moved to share it with people who could make a difference…

    “… About ten minutes later, I got this insane phone call and it was Arthur Schwartz and he was completely erratic. He was saying that I needed to stop trying, that a deal had already been made to arrest Julian, that they were going to go in the embassy to get him.”

    According to Fairbanks, Schwartz went on to repeat the false allegations that Assange’s disclosures had led to harm and to the torture of U.S. military informants, even asking the then 33-year-old mother how she would feel if her young daughter was subject to the same circumstances.

    “I took it as very threatening,” she continued. “He was threatening my reputation. Some of it, I perceived, as even more sinister than that.”

    She then began recording her calls — and what took place after was most revealing.

    After Fairbanks maintained her support of Assange, visiting him once again in January and March 2019, she asked Schwartz why she was subjected to greater levels of monitoring in the embassy. It was then she received the second of two recorded phone calls.



    It came after Schwartz had previously told Fairbanks that the U.S. State Department was aware she had told Assange about the plans to arrest him and that they had launched an investigation into how she received the information.

    “Someone’s going to go to jail,” Schwartz said. “You need to stop this. I don’t want to go to jail!”

    The phone call also came after Fairbanks tweeted about the subject, telling Conservatives supportive of Wikileaks to be careful of Grenell given that he had been instrumental in crafting assurances to the Ecuadorian government that Assange would not be given the death sentence if British forces were invited into the embassy to arrest him. The deal was first reported by ABC News and was later mentioned in Fairbanks’ reporting.

    “They [the State Department] look at you and they see that we speak,” Schwartz continued. “That’s bad!

    “Rick [Grenell] is taking order from the president! You’re going to punish me because he took orders from the president?”

    The revelations, both of Fairbanks and Dotcom, are significant because they give further weight to arguments made by Assange’s lawyers at the opening of his extradition hearings last week.

    They said Assange’s indictment was “clearly” political, arguing his extradition should be barred based on article 4(1) of the U.S.-U.K. extradition treaty. The article forbids both parties from handing over prisoners for political offences.

    The extradition hearings will continue on May 18 and will include further details of Fairbanks’ evidence. Jennifer Robinson, an Assange barrister from Doughty Street Chambers in London, will also submit a written statement from Assange’s meeting with Rohrabacher.

    Further information about the nature of the evidence is expected to be made public at a case-management hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court on April 7.

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    Innocent Warrior/Rach: EXCELLENT article - a very important piece in the evidence chain that one assumes Julian's defence team will, as outlined, submit.

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    A specific folder containing the following documentation, for the all important record:
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    Letter from The Council of Bar and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) to UK authorities about the interception of communications between Julian Assange and his lawyers

    This tweet from an Aitor Martinez contains images of a letter sent by the CCBE: Council of Bar and Law Societies Europe which is heavily critical of the UK government's actions, to date.



    Link: https://twitter.com/AitorxMartinez/s...87190373777408

    The letter sent to the current UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and deals with the illegality of the interceptions of Julian's lawyers' correspondences and communications. (Letter from CCBE site)

    Letter page 1 - http://avalonlibrary.net/Julian_Assa...CCBE%20(1).png
    Letter page 2 - http://avalonlibrary.net/Julian_Assa...CCBE%20(2).png
    Letter page 3 - http://avalonlibrary.net/Julian_Assa...CCBE%20(3).png

    PDF version here

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    Quote Posted by Tintin (here)
    Innocent Warrior/Rach: EXCELLENT article - a very important piece in the evidence chain that one assumes Julian's defence team will, as outlined, submit.

    LIBRARY UPDATE

    A specific folder containing the following documentation, for the all important record:
    Great, thank you very much, Tintin.

    Quote Dotcom told VICE News he gave Assange’s lawyers “338 pages of text messages with Trump’s best friend, who is also a secret supporter of truth-teller Julian Assange. I would never have made some of those messages public if Trump didn’t lie by saying he knew nothing about the pardon proposal to Julian.”
    Source.

    Julian, the man who offered himself up to the US for a fair trial in exchange for Chelsea’s freedom (Obama admin), was never going to agree to that deal. Evidently, it’s difficult enough to protect sources, imagine what would happen if he was willing to confirm a source after they were murdered. o_O He’ll never compromise WikiLeaks and its sources like that, no matter what it costs him.

    Trump appears to have no idea of who he’s dealing with, evidenced by the foolish deal he made with Ecuador. The most powerful people don’t wear crowns or live in the White House, and some of the most free are locked in prison cells. I doubt he can wrap his head around that, Chelsea and Julian are more free than he’ll ever be. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has a price, not all the money and force in the world will move them to compromise themselves, giving up true freedom in the process.

    This is like watching a game of chicken, knowing one side will allow themselves to be run down if it comes to that, but at great cost to the blind ‘victor’. Trump should bail from this game. Others around him would know this, others who were the secret clients of the security company spying on Assange, who had copies of his legal strategy made while the documents were left unattended. And here we are, Julian Assange Vs USA government, the platform on which the true nature of Trump’s motivations will be exposed.

    Thanks for posting Craig Murray’s reports on the hearing BTW, not only is he factual and highly intelligent, his clarity commands the reader to listen to his voice with their heart. Imagine if all journalists were educated and free to write as authentically.
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    LONDON EVENT - April 20th, 2020
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    Mark Curtis, Andrew Feinstein, Peter Oborne, Chris Williamson and eminent experts will join us on Monday 20th April 2020 in London to examine the extradition of award-winning journalist and publisher Julian Assange.

    If extradited Julian will be tried in the US, without First Amendment protections, under special administrative measures (ie neither he nor his lawyers will be able to communicate with the press) and will face a potential sentence of 175 years in prison. The US authorities have confirmed that they may add further charges after extradition.

    If you would like to read about the travesty that was the first phase of Julian's extradition trial, former diplomat Craig Murray has written about it here https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archi...hearing-day-1/

    Having served his prison sentence for seeking asylum, Julian is currently being held at Belmarsh prison pending extradition to the US for "conspiring with Chelsea Manning to publish the Iraq War logs, the Afghanistan war logs and the State Department cables". Prof Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Arbitrary Detention describes the British state's complicity in his torture in this revealing interview https://www.republik.ch/2020/01/31/n...julian-assange

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    Julian Assange Forced to Change Prison Cell 5 TIMES at Night!
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    "We speak to Sevim Dagdelen MdB of Die Linke after she witnessed the trial in court during Julian Assange’s Extradition. She discusses the treatment of Julian Assange in the court, bias of the judges, the Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hrafnsson being temporarily banned from viewing the proceedings. She also invites Kier Starmer to witness the extradition trial!"

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    Sneers and imperious indifference--Vanessa Baraitser serves as a District Judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court...
    (she's not a judge, actually, according to this article, but a magistrate, and apparently a psychotic)
    ...where, on 21 October 2019, she refused to extend Julian Assange's UK extradition proceedings, telling Assange his full extradition case would begin on 24 February 2020.[1]
    (Very odd that she would ride a bicycle home after the proceedings, though perhaps that's one reason why she doesn't want photos taken even outside the courtroom. If I were her, I would definitely be going home in a car, and leaving by a back door.)
    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Vanessa_Baraitser

    "Sneers and imperious indifference"
    On 28 October 2019, John Pilger described the disturbing scene inside a London courtroom the previous week when the WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange, appeared at the start of a landmark extradition case that will define the future of free journalism:
    "The worst moment was one of a number of 'worst' moments. I have sat in many courtrooms and seen judges abuse their positions. This judge, Vanessa Baraitser - actually she isn't a judge at all; she's a magistrate - shocked all of us who were there.

    Her face was a progression of sneers and imperious indifference; she addressed Julian with an arrogance that reminded me of a magistrate presiding over apartheid South Africa's Race Classification Board. When Julian struggled to speak, he couldn't get words out, even stumbling over his name and date of birth.

    When he spoke truth and when his barrister spoke, Baraister contrived boredom; when the prosecuting barrister spoke, she was attentive. She had nothing to do; it was demonstrably preordained. In the table in front of us were a handful of American officials, whose directions to the prosecutor were carried by his junior; back and forth this young woman went, delivering instructions.

    The judge watched this outrage without a comment. It reminded me of a newsreel of a show trial in Stalin's Moscow; the difference was that Soviet show trials were broadcast. Here, the state broadcaster, the BBC, blacked it out, as did the other mainstream channels.

    Having ignored Julian's barrister's factual description of how the CIA had run a Spanish security firm that spied on him in the Ecuadorean embassy, she didn't yawn, but her disinterest was as expressive. She then denied Julian's lawyers any more time to prepare their case - even though their client was prevented in prison from receiving legal documents and other tools with which to defend himself.

    Her knee in the groin was to announce that the next court hearing would be at remote Woolwich, which adjoins Belmarsh prison and has few seats for the public. This will ensure isolation and be as close to a secret trial as it's possible to get. Did this happen in the home of the Magna Carta? Yes, but who knew?

    Julian's case is often compared with Dreyfus; but historically it's far more important. No one doubts - not his enemies on The New York Times, not the Murdoch press in Australia - that if he is extradited to the United States and the inevitable supermax, journalism will be incarcerated, too.

    Who will then dare to expose anything of importance, let alone the high crimes of the West? Who will dare publish 'Collateral Murder'? Who will dare tell the public that democracy, such as it is, has been subverted by a corporate authoritarianism from which fascism draws its strength.

    Once there were spaces, gaps, boltholes, in mainstream journalism in which mavericks, who are the best journalists, could work. These are long closed now. The hope is the samizdat on the internet, where fine disobedient journalism is still practised. The greater hope is that a judge or even judges in Britain's court of appeal, the High Court, will rediscover justice and set him free. In the meantime, it's our responsibility to fight in ways we know but which now require more than a modicum of Julian Assange's courage."
    Extradition case

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    "Julian Assange extradition judge refuses request for delay"
    "Did this happen in the home of Magna Carta?"
    "The judge...#VanessaBaraitser cycles home after court!"
    "Two flames"
    "Your Man in the Public Gallery – The Assange Hearing Day 3"
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    Makes me wonder if there are English activists that are trying to formulate a plan for the citizens of England to take over the English government, and end the monarchy. You do know you need it as bad as the USA does, right?

    (I say "England" rather than "the UK" because the other nations (and the north of Ireland) that got absorbed into the UK really need to Wexit and Scexit and NIexit the hell out of the UK.) That ain't your queen. That ain't your "crown."
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    A statement released today by the IBAHRI condemning Julian's treatment with kind acknowledgement to Nils Melzer for bringing this to our attention.



    Tweet link: https://twitter.com/NilsMelzer/statu...71979440807936

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    Thanks to the International Bar Asscoiation @IBAHRI for its timely condemnation of the #UK judiciary for its sustained exposure of #Assange to gross due process violations & #PsychologicalTorture in his US extradition trial!
    Their statement, in full, below.



    IBAHRI condemns UK treatment of Julian Assange in US extradition trial
    Tuesday 10 March 2020


    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the reported mistreatment of Julian Assange during his United States extradition trial in February 2020, and urges the government of the United Kingdom to take action to protect him. According to his lawyers, Mr Assange was handcuffed 11 times; stripped naked twice and searched; his case files confiscated after the first day of the hearing; and had his request to sit with his lawyers during the trial, rather than in a dock surrounded by bulletproof glass, denied.

    The UK hearing, which began on Monday 24 February 2020 at Woolwich Crown Court in London, UK, will decide whether the WikiLeaks founder, Mr Assange, will be extradited to the US, where he is wanted on 18 charges of attempted hacking and breaches of the 1917 Espionage Act. He faces allegations of collaborating with former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified documents, including exposing alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. The hearing was adjourned after four days, with proceedings set to resume on 18 May 2020.

    IBAHRI Co-Chair, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, commented:

    ‘The IBAHRI is concerned that the mistreatment of Julian Assange constitutes breaches of his right to a fair trial and protections enshrined in the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to which the UK is party. It is deeply shocking that as a mature democracy in which the rule of law and the rights of individuals are preserved, the UK Government has been silent and has taken no action to terminate such gross and disproportionate conduct by Crown officials. As well, we are surprised that the presiding judge has reportedly said and done nothing to rebuke the officials and their superiors for such conduct in the case of an accused whose offence is not one of personal violence. Many countries in the world look to Britain as an example in such matters. On this occasion, the example is shocking and excessive. It is reminiscent of the Abu Grahib Prison Scandal which can happen when prison officials are not trained in the basic human rights of detainees and the Nelson Mandela Rules.’


    In accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in the UK in October 2000, every person tried in the UK is entitled to a fair trial (Article 6) and freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment (Article 3). Similarly, Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights upholds an individual’s right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.

    IBAHRI Co-Chair, Anne Ramberg Dr jur hc, commented:

    ‘The IBAHRI concurs with the widespread concern over the ill-treatment of Mr Assange. He must be afforded equality in access to effective legal representation. With this extradition trial we are witnessing the serious undermining of due process and the rule of law. It is troubling that Mr Assange has complained that he is unable to hear properly what is being said at his trial, and that because he is locked in a glass cage is prevented from communicating freely with his lawyers during the proceedings commensurate with the prosecution.’


    A recent report from Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Inhumane Treatment, presented during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (24 February – 20 March 2020), argues that the cumulative effects of Mr Assange’s mistreatment over the past decade amount to psychological torture. If Mr Assange was viewed as a victim of psychological torture, his extradition would be illegal under international human rights law.

    ENDS

    Notes to the Editor

    Related material: Watch the interview of Julian Assange given to IBA Executive Director Mark Ellis during the IBA’s 2017 Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia. www.ibanet.org/Conferences/238921283.aspx

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    In the ensuing 70 years since its creation, the organisation has evolved from an association comprised exclusively of bar associations and law societies to one that incorporates individual international lawyers and entire law firms. The present membership is comprised of more than 80,000 individual international lawyers from most of the world’s leading law firms and some 190 bar associations and law societies spanning more than 170 countries.

    The IBA has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership, it influences the development of international law reform and helps to shape the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

    The IBA’s administrative office is in London, United Kingdom. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, United States, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law Programme (ICC & ICL) is managed from an office in The Hague, the Netherlands.

    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), an autonomous and financially independent entity, works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.
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    Makes me wonder if there are English activists that are trying to formulate a plan for the citizens of England to take over the English government, and end the monarchy. You do know you need it as bad as the USA does, right?

    (I say "England" rather than "the UK" because the other nations (and the north of Ireland) that got absorbed into the UK really need to Wexit and Scexit and NIexit the hell out of the UK.) That ain't your queen. That ain't your "crown."
    She ain't mine either. We have become too dumbed-down ( I never thought I'd ever say this) & any 'voices' out there are systematically drowned out by our 'media' - which of course is the 100% propaganda arm of the establishment - which I have to say is still very much alive & kicking over here!

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    [LETTER] Doctors for Assange: End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange

    Link: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/l...383-4/fulltext

    Published in The Lancet, a copy of the letter and supplementary appendix can be found here in the library

    ---------------------------------------------------

    On Nov 22, 2019, we, a group of more than 60 medical doctors, wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange.1In our letter,1 we documented a history of denial of access to health care and prolonged psychological torture. We requested that Assange be transferred from Belmarsh prison to a university teaching hospital for medical assessment and treatment. Faced with evidence of untreated and ongoing torture, we also raised the question as to Assange's fitness to participate in US extradition proceedings.

    Having received no substantive response from the UK Government, neither to our first letter1 nor to our follow-up letter,2 we wrote to the Australian Government, requesting that it intervene to protect the health of its citizen.3 To date, regrettably, no reply has been forthcoming. Meanwhile, many more doctors from around the world have joined us in our call. Our group currently numbers 117 doctors, representing 18 countries.

    The case of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is multifaceted. It relates to law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, journalism, publishing, and politics. It also clearly relates to medicine. The case highlights several concerning aspects that warrant the medical profession's close attention and concerted action.

    We were prompted to act following the harrowing eyewitness accounts of former UK diplomat Craig Murray and investigative journalist John Pilger, who described Assange's deteriorated state at a case management hearing on Oct 21, 2019.4, 5 Assange had appeared at the hearing pale, underweight, aged and limping, and he had visibly struggled to recall basic information, focus his thoughts, and articulate his words. At the end of the hearing, he “told district judge Vanessa Baraitser that he had not understood what had happened in court”.6

    We drafted a letter to the UK Home Secretary, which quickly gathered more than 60 signatures from medical doctors from Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, concluding: “It is our opinion that Mr Assange requires urgent expert medical assessment of both his physical and psychological state of health. Any medical treatment indicated should be administered in a properly equipped and expertly staffed university teaching hospital (tertiary care). Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison. The medical situation is thereby urgent. There is no time to lose.”1

    On May 31, 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, reported on his May 9, 2019, visit to Assange in Belmarsh, accompanied by two medical experts: “Mr Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.”7 On Nov 1, 2019, Melzer warned, “Mr. Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life”.8 Examples of the mandated communications from the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to governments are provided in the appendix.

    Such warnings and Assange's presentation at the October hearing should not perhaps have come as a surprise. Assange had, after all, prior to his detention in Belmarsh prison in conditions amounting to solitary confinement, spent almost 7 years restricted to a few rooms in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Here, he had been deprived of fresh air, sunlight, the ability to move and exercise freely, and access to adequate medical care.

    Indeed, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had held the confinement to amount to “arbitrary deprivation of liberty”.9

    The UK Government refused to grant Assange safe passage to a hospital, despite requests from doctors who had been able to visit him in the embassy.10 There was also a climate of fear surrounding the provision of health care in the embassy. A medical practitioner who visited Assange at the embassy documented what a colleague of Assange reported:

    “[T]here had been many difficulties in finding medical practitioners who were willing to examine Mr Assange in the Embassy. The reasons given were uncertainty over whether medical insurance would cover the Equadorian Embassy (a foreign jurisdiction); whether the association with Mr Assange could harm their livelihood or draw unwanted attention to them and their families; and discomfort regarding exposing this association when entering the Embassy.

    One medical practitioner expressed concern to one of the interviewees after the police took notes of his name and the fact that he was visiting Mr Assange. One medical practitioner wrote that he agreed to produce a medical report only on condition that his name not be made available to the wider public, fearing repercussions.”
    11

    Disturbingly, it seems that this environment of insecurity and intimidation, further compromising the medical care available to Assange, was by design. Assange was the subject of a 24/7 covert surveillance operation inside the embassy, as the emergence of secret video and audio recordings has shown.12 He was surveilled in private and with visitors, including family, friends, journalists, lawyers, and doctors. Not only were his rights to privacy, personal life, legal privilege, and freedom of speech violated, but so, too, was his right to doctor–patient confidentiality.

    We condemn the torture of Assange.

    We condemn the denial of his fundamental right to appropriate health care. We condemn the climate of fear surrounding the provision of health care to him. We condemn the violations of his right to doctor–patient confidentiality. Politics cannot be allowed to interfere with the right to health and the practice of medicine. In the experience of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the scale of state interference is without precedent: “In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law.”7

    We invite fellow doctors to join us as signatories to our letters to add further voice to our calls. Since doctors first began assessing Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2015, expert medical opinion and doctors' urgent recommendations have been consistently ignored. Even as the world's designated authorities on arbitrary detention, torture, and human rights added their calls to doctors' warnings, governments have sidelined medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health. This politicisation of foundational medical principles is of grave concern to us, as it carries implications beyond the case of Assange.

    Abuse by politically motivated medical neglect sets a dangerous precedent, whereby the medical profession can be manipulated as a political tool, ultimately undermining our profession's impartiality, commitment to health for all, and obligation to do no harm.

    Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. Much of that torture will have taken place in a prison medical ward, on doctors' watch. The medical profession cannot afford to stand silently by, on the wrong side of torture and the wrong side of history, while such a travesty unfolds.

    In the interests of defending medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health, and taking a stand against torture, together we can challenge and raise awareness of the abuses detailed in our letters. Our appeals are simple: we are calling upon governments to end the torture of Assange and ensure his access to the best available health care before it is too late. Our request to others is this: please join us.

    -----------------------------------------------

    This online publication has been corrected. The corrected version first appeared at thelancet.com on February 19, 2020

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    [LETTER] Doctors for Assange: End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange

    Link: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/l...383-4/fulltext

    Published in The Lancet, a copy of the letter and supplementary appendix can be found here in the library

    ---------------------------------------------------

    On Nov 22, 2019, we, a group of more than 60 medical doctors, wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange.1In our letter,1 we documented a history of denial of access to health care and prolonged psychological torture. We requested that Assange be transferred from Belmarsh prison to a university teaching hospital for medical assessment and treatment. Faced with evidence of untreated and ongoing torture, we also raised the question as to Assange's fitness to participate in US extradition proceedings.

    Having received no substantive response from the UK Government, neither to our first letter1 nor to our follow-up letter,2 we wrote to the Australian Government, requesting that it intervene to protect the health of its citizen.3 To date, regrettably, no reply has been forthcoming. Meanwhile, many more doctors from around the world have joined us in our call. Our group currently numbers 117 doctors, representing 18 countries.

    The case of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is multifaceted. It relates to law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, journalism, publishing, and politics. It also clearly relates to medicine. The case highlights several concerning aspects that warrant the medical profession's close attention and concerted action.

    We were prompted to act following the harrowing eyewitness accounts of former UK diplomat Craig Murray and investigative journalist John Pilger, who described Assange's deteriorated state at a case management hearing on Oct 21, 2019.4, 5 Assange had appeared at the hearing pale, underweight, aged and limping, and he had visibly struggled to recall basic information, focus his thoughts, and articulate his words. At the end of the hearing, he “told district judge Vanessa Baraitser that he had not understood what had happened in court”.6

    We drafted a letter to the UK Home Secretary, which quickly gathered more than 60 signatures from medical doctors from Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, concluding: “It is our opinion that Mr Assange requires urgent expert medical assessment of both his physical and psychological state of health. Any medical treatment indicated should be administered in a properly equipped and expertly staffed university teaching hospital (tertiary care). Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison. The medical situation is thereby urgent. There is no time to lose.”1

    On May 31, 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, reported on his May 9, 2019, visit to Assange in Belmarsh, accompanied by two medical experts: “Mr Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.”7 On Nov 1, 2019, Melzer warned, “Mr. Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life”.8 Examples of the mandated communications from the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to governments are provided in the appendix.

    Such warnings and Assange's presentation at the October hearing should not perhaps have come as a surprise. Assange had, after all, prior to his detention in Belmarsh prison in conditions amounting to solitary confinement, spent almost 7 years restricted to a few rooms in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Here, he had been deprived of fresh air, sunlight, the ability to move and exercise freely, and access to adequate medical care.

    Indeed, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had held the confinement to amount to “arbitrary deprivation of liberty”.9

    The UK Government refused to grant Assange safe passage to a hospital, despite requests from doctors who had been able to visit him in the embassy.10 There was also a climate of fear surrounding the provision of health care in the embassy. A medical practitioner who visited Assange at the embassy documented what a colleague of Assange reported:

    “[T]here had been many difficulties in finding medical practitioners who were willing to examine Mr Assange in the Embassy. The reasons given were uncertainty over whether medical insurance would cover the Equadorian Embassy (a foreign jurisdiction); whether the association with Mr Assange could harm their livelihood or draw unwanted attention to them and their families; and discomfort regarding exposing this association when entering the Embassy.

    One medical practitioner expressed concern to one of the interviewees after the police took notes of his name and the fact that he was visiting Mr Assange. One medical practitioner wrote that he agreed to produce a medical report only on condition that his name not be made available to the wider public, fearing repercussions.”
    11

    Disturbingly, it seems that this environment of insecurity and intimidation, further compromising the medical care available to Assange, was by design. Assange was the subject of a 24/7 covert surveillance operation inside the embassy, as the emergence of secret video and audio recordings has shown.12 He was surveilled in private and with visitors, including family, friends, journalists, lawyers, and doctors. Not only were his rights to privacy, personal life, legal privilege, and freedom of speech violated, but so, too, was his right to doctor–patient confidentiality.

    We condemn the torture of Assange.

    We condemn the denial of his fundamental right to appropriate health care. We condemn the climate of fear surrounding the provision of health care to him. We condemn the violations of his right to doctor–patient confidentiality. Politics cannot be allowed to interfere with the right to health and the practice of medicine. In the experience of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the scale of state interference is without precedent: “In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law.”7

    We invite fellow doctors to join us as signatories to our letters to add further voice to our calls. Since doctors first began assessing Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2015, expert medical opinion and doctors' urgent recommendations have been consistently ignored. Even as the world's designated authorities on arbitrary detention, torture, and human rights added their calls to doctors' warnings, governments have sidelined medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health. This politicisation of foundational medical principles is of grave concern to us, as it carries implications beyond the case of Assange.

    Abuse by politically motivated medical neglect sets a dangerous precedent, whereby the medical profession can be manipulated as a political tool, ultimately undermining our profession's impartiality, commitment to health for all, and obligation to do no harm.

    Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. Much of that torture will have taken place in a prison medical ward, on doctors' watch. The medical profession cannot afford to stand silently by, on the wrong side of torture and the wrong side of history, while such a travesty unfolds.

    In the interests of defending medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health, and taking a stand against torture, together we can challenge and raise awareness of the abuses detailed in our letters. Our appeals are simple: we are calling upon governments to end the torture of Assange and ensure his access to the best available health care before it is too late. Our request to others is this: please join us.

    -----------------------------------------------

    This online publication has been corrected. The corrected version first appeared at thelancet.com on February 19, 2020

    -----------------------------------------------
    I hear all this, I see all this - the brave professionals willing to speak out. There are courageous souls today who are willing to put their heads above the parapet for the support of this man & what he stands for.
    Sadly, I feel it doesn’t look good for him.

    In my view, the ONLY thing that in the long run, will save him is if enough people, & I mean at least thousands, if not millions (ha- I can dream, can’t I?) get off their backsides, take to the streets, a-la ‘Extinction Rebellion’, & show their support. The media will not be able to ‘ignore’ the crowds if enough turn up as they’re doing now with a ‘paltry’ few hundred (I mean no disrespect to them whatsoever, at least they show up)

    But that won’t happen, because not enough ppl are motivated to care enough, or they do not have the full facts of this scenario & cannot see just what’s at stake here, or (in my experience from what I’ve heard in my locality) believe what the media tells them: ‘rapist, ‘putting people’s lives at stake’, ‘traitor to country’, cat’ molestor’ granny basher, or whatever crap msm (deliberate lower case) tells them, day to day to believe. And that’s even if it makes it into print….. There was virtually NO coverage of his recent first, or subsequent days in court on the bbc

    I feel sick at what’s at stake & can’t see any way out of this, given that the system & courts are so completely rigged in favour of Human Control.
    What to do? All I, a mere I, can do, is ‘visualise’ JA walking free from that court after the case against him collapses.
    But come the month of May, when he’s back in that dock, I will make sure I’m there outside, cheering everything he stands for.

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    We hear sometimes that getting out in numbers and demonstrating doesn't do much good because the mainstream media doesn't report such actions, or if they do, try to minimize the numbers, the effect it has in the immediate environment, etc.
    I think it's the positive energy that is generated by demonstrating that's just as important, and the good that it does to the demonstrator's morale, and those witnessing it in person, even if the press doesn't cover it adequately or properly.
    And certainly, it helps those for whom the demonstrators are turning out, and they will hear of it (even if the press doesn't cover it) from their supporters.
    Even if Assange dies from all the abuse, at least he will die knowing that he has plenty of allies who were willing to rally to his defense.
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    We hear sometimes that getting out in numbers and demonstrating doesn't do much good because the mainstream media doesn't report such actions, or if they do, try to minimize the numbers, the effect it has in the immediate environment, etc.
    there is a very interesting answer on public interview about " the peaceful majority were irrelevant "

    worth to watch, who hasn't watched yet ..

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    Well, nobody here is hero worshipping that's for sure, but, we do absolutely know that Julian's bravery and nerve, in seeking to do what he can, and has, to inform folk about what is really going on should be supported, and championed.

    And, we can individually each do this our own way. Demonstrate if you will; create meaningful art and poetry and music, if you will; send healing power with the extraordinary talent to do so, if you will; protest, if you will; share good information about what's happening, if you will. Perhaps start a local bulletin/gazette/journal exposing what you feel to be true based on these exposés, or anything that comes your way if you will.

    YOUR will

    Don't feel powerless or worse still be made to feel powerless.

    Get a grip, and feel, and more importantly BE empowered, and share that your OWN way That is an underlying message to all this here.

    It's throbbing, and pregnant with potential positive outcomes.

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    Doctors for Assange respond to the Australian Government's repeated refusals to intervene and apply the necessary pressure on the UK Government, in support of Julian.

    "Now, with the president of the Prison Governor's Association warning that prisons provide "fertile breeding grounds for coronavirus, Julian Assange's life and health are at heightened risk due to his arbitrary detention during this global pandemic. That threat will only grow as the coronavirus spreads.

    These are surely matters in which Government ministers have not only the ability but the obligation to raise concerns about gross violations of rights with their UK counterparts."


    Linked here: https://doctorsassange.org/doctors-f...nt-march-2020/

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    "There is nothing new in this world except the history you don't know yet" - Julian Assange (2010)

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    Admittedly not 'current' this fabulous short film made back in better days goes behind the scenes with Julian. Called Inside Wikileaks the viewer feels like a fly on his shoulder through its duration as Julian strives and succeeds in shining a light on truth, but not so brightly that it can't be seen by those with eyes to seek.

    Description: Inside Wikileaks (2010): Julian Assange is adamant that his leak of over 90,000 war files was justified, and threatens to release even more.


    ----------------------------------------

    At about 03:53 into the film we accompany Julian on his way to the "bunker" in The Guardian's offices, an airless soporific space where regular meetings take place with Guardian, Der Spiegel and New York Times colleagues. Suffice to say that just that detail, never mind the extraordinary work he has done, should allay any misguided notions in the minds of anyone who simply can't accept that Julian is, albeit incarcerated at present, was actively, and always will be regarded by those of us who know, a journalist, and a very fine one.

    At 11:34 there s an interesting exchange with the interviewer where Julian reveals that The New York Times wanted Wikileaks to publish the material first so that they could claim to be "reprinting somebody else's work." Perhaps Julian's legal representatives would find some value in that being documented as it is here, on film

    Do enjoy, I did.

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    Hacking Justice (2017)

    Another fascinating documentary this time focusing on the herculean efforts of Spanish judge turned lawyer Baltasar Garzón, who became famous for securing the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in 1998.

    There is plenty of fascinating behind the scenes footage of Julian in the Ecuadorian Embassy and documents the many small battles that were won. There are also, lest we needed them, sobering reminders of the blatant disregard for international law inherent in the UK and Swedish states. Yet the film is in turns both uplifting and yet in light of Julian's current situation, also leaves one nostalgic for fairer outcomes.

    Julian is on occasion here in very humorous form, in particular in the scene where he discusses the UVB light solution adopted to mitigate against his dreadful lack of exposure to any sunlight during his detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy. The extraordinary efforts of those not really so well known at all to us can be marveled at here too; heroes and heroines each and every one of them.

    Perhaps, as evidenced a little further up this thread on this page, with the rather late in the day stirring to action from voices both medical and legal, maybe, just maybe, there can be some justice done, finally.

    The audio doesn't quite sync with the visual but with subtitles provided as well still manages to hold the viewer's attention; another important document in this convoluted tale.

    “If a man does not keep pace with [fall into line with] his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Thoreau

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