With all of the things that have been put on hold around the world because of the pandemic, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the pots that we’ve had simmering on the back burner for quite a while. One of these is the extradition hearings for Julian Assange. The United States has been trying to pry him out his prison cell in London since the beginning of the year, but the lockdown in England has left that situation on hold along with most non-emergency court actions. In order to get around those difficulties, Assange was scheduled to “appear” for his hearing via streaming video from Belmarsh prison in south London, but failed to log in for the hearing because of ill health, according to his doctor and his girlfriend. (The Guardian)
A coalition of Australian MPs, human rights advocates and journalists have called on their country’s government to intervene in the case of Julian Assange, who was said to be too ill to attend the latest court hearing of his extradition case.
The imprisoned WikiLeaks founder was unable to attend via video link because of ill-health and advice from his doctors, according to his partner Stella Moris.
Assange’s extradition hearing begins at Woolwich crown court in south-east London.
After a week of opening arguments, the extradition case is to be adjourned until May, when the two sides will lay out their evidence.
The United States is interested in having a chat with the Wikileaks founder on the subject of 17 charges under the Espionage Act and conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. They’re also interested in what sort of agreements were reached between Assange and Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning and how all of Manning’s stolen government files would up online.