Julian Assange

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Judge to Assange: You Must Stay in Jail

His lawyers asked for bail because of the coronavirus

(Newser) - Julian Assange has a long wait ahead of him while a court decides whether he will be extradited to the US, and it looks like he will have to endure that wait behind bars. A London judge on Wednesday rejected his attorney's request for bail related to the coronavirus... More »

Judge Orders Chelsea Manning Freed

Grand jury that subpoenaed her testimony no longer exists

(Newser) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the release of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who has been incarcerated since May for refusing to testify to a grand jury. US District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered Manning's release from jail after prosecutors reported that the grand jury that subpoenaed her... More »

Assange Lawyer: They Stripped Him Twice on Day One

Attorney says client is being mistreated as extradition hearing continues

(Newser) - A lawyer for Julian Assange complained Tuesday that the WikiLeaks founder was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice, and had court papers taken away on the first day of a hearing on his extradition to the United States, per the AP . Attorney Edward Fitzgerald told a judge that the treatment... More »

US at Assange Hearing: He's a Criminal, Not a Journalist

Extradition hearing is underway in Britain

(Newser) - The question of whether Julian Assange will have to face criminal charges in the US that could leave him imprisoned for life is now being debated in a British court. Opening arguments in Assange's extradition hearing in London have begun, with the US laying out its case, reports the... More »

Ex-Congressman: Yeah, I Talked to Assange About a Pardon

But Rohrabacher says Trump had nothing to do with it

(Newser) - Former GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher tells Yahoo News in a new interview that, yes, he did talk to Julian Assange about getting the WikiLeaks founder a presidential pardon if Assange said that Russia was not responsible for the DNC email leak . However, he says he never actually spoke to President... More »

Assange's Lawyer Makes Explosive Claim Involving Trump

Alleges Trump offered him a pardon if he'd say Russia had no hand in DNC email leak

(Newser) - Julian Assange's extradition hearing begins on Monday, but an explosive claim was heard in a pre-trial hearing Wednesday in London: that Assange was in August 2017 allegedly offered a pardon by President Trump if he would say Russia had no role in the leak of DNC emails, which WikiLeaks... More »

Julian Assange Is Doing Better: Rep

WikiLeaks founder has been moved out of solitary confinement

(Newser) - A month and a half after Julian Assange said he was "slowly dying" inside a London prison, the WikiLeaks founder's spokesperson says Assange is doing better. He's been moved from solitary confinement, the rep says, per Reuters : "I saw him about 10 days ago—he has... More »

Assange: I'm 'Slowly Dying'

Vaughan Smith describes his call with the Wikileaks founder

(Newser) - Julian Assange says he's "slowly dying" behind bars, where he might be stuck in solitary confinement. British journalist and ex-Army officer Vaughan Smith, a friend of Assange, said as much after talking to the Wikileaks founder: "He said to me, 'I'm slowly dying here,'... More »

60 Doctors Say Assange's Medical Situation Is Dire

They want him moved to a hospital for an assessment

(Newser) - In May, Julian Assange's attorney said the WikiLeaks founder was "far from well," so much so that he wasn't healthy enough to make court appearances via video link. Six months later, some 60-plus doctors are making an even more dire pronouncement. In a 16-page open letter... More »

Finally Some Good News for Julian Assange

Rape case in Sweden is dropped

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Sweden are no longer pursuing a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose 50-week sentence in a British prison came as a result of the allegation. The decision to drop the case came after seven witnesses were interviewed, reports the BBC . Though it described the alleged victim... More »

Assange Seems 'Confused' at Hearing

Judge denies request to push back his trial

(Newser) - Julian Assange appeared, in Reuters ' words, "confused" Monday during an extradition hearing in a London courtroom. The 48-year-old WikiLeaks founder "mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth," the news outlet says; later, when the judge asked him whether... More »

CNN Report Fuels Questions About Assange's Meetings

Records show he met with Russians; did he know who he was meeting with?

(Newser) - The former president of Ecuador who allowed Julian Assange to take refuge in the country's London embassy has admitted that the country's guest meddled in the United States' 2016 election. "We did notice that he was interfering in the elections and we do not allow that because... More »

Assange Extradition Hearing Is Slated for 2020

It's expected to last 5 days, beginning Feb. 25

(Newser) - Anyone placing bets on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US won't see a windfall or have to pay up until 2020. On Friday it was decided in Westminster Magistrates' Court that a full extradition hearing would take place beginning Feb. 25, 2020. The BBC reports it... More »

Bad News for Assange on US Extradition Order

Britain's home secretary signs off on it, and now it's up to the courts

(Newser) - When Julian Assange was arrested in April, he could be heard shouting that the US had no right to demand his extradition. He did not convince British authorities. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Thursday that he has signed off on the US extradition order, reports the Guardian . However, this does... More »

UN Expert: Assange Shows Signs of 'Psychological Torture'

Nils Melzer argues against his extradition to US

(Newser) - Julian Assange's human rights might be violated if he's extradited to the US, according to a UN expert who says the WikiLeaks founder "shows all the signs that are typical for person who has prolonged exposure to psychological torture." Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture,... More »

Lawyer: Assange Too Ill for Court Appearance

WikiLeaks expresses 'grave concerns' over founder's health

(Newser) - The legal fight on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US continues, but Assange himself is not present for it. His lawyer says he is too sick even for court appearances via video link, while WikiLeaks has expressed "grave concerns" about his health. “He’s... More »

US Hits Julian Assange With 18 New Charges

Wikileaks founder accused of violating Espionage Act

(Newser) - The US filed new charges Thursday against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of placing the United States at risk of serious harm by publishing thousands of secret and classified documents, including the names of confidential sources for American armed forces. In an 18-count, superseding indictment, Justice Department prosecutors allege... More »

WikiLeaks: US Is Seizing Assange's Possessions

Group says prosecutors are violating international law

(Newser) - WikiLeaks says American prosecutors are going to be "helping themselves" to the possessions Julian Assange left behind when he was kicked out of Ecuador's London embassy. The group says Ecuador will allow the Americans, who are seeking to extradite Assange, to confiscate items including legal documents and electronic... More »

More Legal Trouble for Julian Assange

Sweden reopens rape investigation

(Newser) - Sweden has reopened the Julian Assange rape investigation, raising the possibility of a legal tug-of-war between Stockholm and Washington over the WikiLeaks founder. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said Monday that she had decided to reopen the investigation because "there is still probable cause to... More »

Pam Anderson Visits the World's Most Wanted Man

Julian Assange receives his first social visit at London prison

(Newser) - Julian Assange received a visit from an old friend on Tuesday—none other than actor and model Pamela Anderson, CNN reports. "He does not deserve to be in a super max prison," said Anderson after seeing the WikiLeaks founder at Belmarsh high-security prison in London. "He has... More »

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