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November 21 2019

mr-absentia

@wikileaks: While the world knows Julian's name has been cleared in Sweden, he is sitting in a cell in Belmarsh prison, probably unaware of the news. The Prison cancelled all visits today. Don´t Extradite Assange!

October 24 2019

mr-absentia

Assange in Court - Craig Murray

«I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

But his physical appearance was not as shocking as his mental deterioration. When asked to give his name and date of birth, he struggled visibly over several seconds to recall both. I will come to the important content of his statement at the end of proceedings in due course, but his difficulty in making it was very evident; it was a real struggle for him to articulate the words and focus his train of thought.

Until yesterday I had always been quietly sceptical of those who claimed that Julian’s treatment amounted to torture – even of Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – and sceptical of those who suggested he may be subject to debilitating drug treatments. But having attended the trials in Uzbekistan of several victims of extreme torture, and having worked with survivors from Sierra Leone and elsewhere, I can tell you that yesterday changed my mind entirely and Julian exhibited exactly the symptoms of a torture victim brought blinking into the light, particularly in terms of disorientation, confusion, and the real struggle to assert free will through the fog of learned helplessness.

I had been even more sceptical of those who claimed, as a senior member of his legal team did to me on Sunday night, that they were worried that Julian might not live to the end of the extradition process. I now find myself not only believing it, but haunted by the thought. Everybody in that court yesterday saw that one of the greatest journalists and most important dissidents of our times is being tortured to death by the state, before our eyes. To see my friend, the most articulate man, the fastest thinker, I have ever known, reduced to that shambling and incoherent wreck, was unbearable. Yet the agents of the state, particularly the callous magistrate Vanessa Baraitser, were not just prepared but eager to be a part of this bloodsport. She actually told him that if he were incapable of following proceedings, then his lawyers could explain what had happened to him later. The question of why a man who, by the very charges against him, was acknowledged to be highly intelligent and competent, had been reduced by the state to somebody incapable of following court proceedings, gave her not a millisecond of concern.»

«For the prosecution, James Lewis QC stated that the government strongly opposed any delay being given for the defence to prepare, and strongly opposed any separate consideration of the question of whether the charge was a political offence excluded by the extradition treaty. Baraitser took her cue from Lewis and stated categorically that the date for the extradition hearing, 25 February, could not be changed. She was open to changes in dates for submission of evidence and responses before this, and called a ten minute recess for the prosecution and defence to agree these steps.

What happened next was very instructive. There were five representatives of the US government present (initially three, and two more arrived in the course of the hearing), seated at desks behind the lawyers in court. The prosecution lawyers immediately went into huddle with the US representatives, then went outside the courtroom with them, to decide how to respond on the dates.

After the recess the defence team stated they could not, in their professional opinion, adequately prepare if the hearing date were kept to February, but within Baraitser’s instruction to do so they nevertheless outlined a proposed timetable on delivery of evidence. In responding to this, Lewis’ junior counsel scurried to the back of the court to consult the Americans again while Lewis actually told the judge he was “taking instructions from those behind”. It is important to note that as he said this, it was not the UK Attorney-General’s office who were being consulted but the US Embassy. Lewis received his American instructions and agreed that the defence might have two months to prepare their evidence (they had said they needed an absolute minimum of three) but the February hearing date may not be moved. Baraitser gave a ruling agreeing everything Lewis had said.

At this stage it was unclear why we were sitting through this farce. The US government was dictating its instructions to Lewis, who was relaying those instructions to Baraitser, who was ruling them as her legal decision. The charade might as well have been cut and the US government simply sat on the bench to control the whole process. Nobody could sit there and believe they were in any part of a genuine legal process or that Baraitser was giving a moment’s consideration to the arguments of the defence. Her facial expressions on the few occasions she looked at the defence ranged from contempt through boredom to sarcasm. When she looked at Lewis she was attentive, open and warm.»

«Finally, Baraitser turned to Julian and ordered him to stand, and asked him if he had understood the proceedings. He replied in the negative, said that he could not think, and gave every appearance of disorientation. Then he seemed to find an inner strength, drew himself up a little, and said:

“I do not understand how this process is equitable. This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case and I can’t even access my writings. It is very difficult, where I am, to do anything. These people have unlimited resources.”

The effort then seemed to become too much, his voice dropped and he became increasingly confused and incoherent. He spoke of whistleblowers and publishers being labeled enemies of the people, then spoke about his children’s DNA being stolen and of being spied on in his meetings with his psychologist. I am not suggesting at all that Julian was wrong about these points, but he could not properly frame nor articulate them. He was plainly not himself, very ill and it was just horribly painful to watch. Baraitser showed neither sympathy nor the least concern. She tartly observed that if he could not understand what had happened, his lawyers could explain it to him, and she swept out of court.»

August 07 2013

mr-absentia

Extradite Snowden, or you shall perish. I, United States Almighy, have spoken.

from ‘Russia is not a colony, US has no legal basis to claim Snowden’ – lawyer (RT News, Aug. 3 2013):

There was absolutely no legal basis provided to back US demands to extradite Snowden, [lawyer Anatoly] Kucherena reiterated in response to White House press secretary Jay Carney’s claims of “very clear and lawful requests in public and private.”

“I believe this is a very cynical statement,” Kucherena said. “Since I became [Snowden’s] legal representative, we’ve been asking – both through the [US] embassy and I, personally, through the media – ‘Please, make a clear reference to a provision of law that would allow us to turn him over to you.’ Thus far we did not receive any response.”

The only official letter from US Attorney General Eric Holder detailing America’s position on Edward Snowden and clarifying some point of US law did not contain any request to extradite him, Kucherena reminded.

“If there was any legal basis, they would immediately send such a request,” Kucherena stated. “We have to demonstrate prudence in [this situation]. The dialogue, no matter how hard it is, should be meaningful.”

US demands to extradite Snowden are “very clear and lawful requests” — because the will of the US government is the supreme law of the whole world! What they call “rule of law” means rule of the USA — United States Almighty. The attitude of US toward the Snowden issue reminds me of the Old Testament prophecies on God's punishment, told in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and so on.

July 28 2013

mr-absentia

EXTRADITING ASSANGE

released: Feb. 13 2013

This document provides the facts about Julian Assange's situation. Mainstream reportage on Assange's case is of a poor quality, with the result that many members of the public are misinformed on the most basic facts about his legal and factual situation. This document aims to remedy this situation.

This document provides comprehensively cited information about why Julian Assange has been given asylum by Ecuador, and about the sequence of events leading up to that point.

The document also considers the most frequent false or misleading claims made in the media and demonstrates how they are incorrect. Reference is made to all of the necessary documentary evidence and each quotation links to the original source, so that readers can follow up and ascertain for themselves the truth of the matter. ...

Reposted byverschwoerer verschwoerer

July 19 2013

mr-absentia
  • @wikileaks: The daily displays of impotent rage by the Obama administration over Snowden are a sign of diplomatic incompetence.

  • @wikileaks: How many countries has the Obama administration alienated over Snowden? Its extradition request has even been rejected by Ireland. Ireland.

  • @Liberte_info [in reply to @wikileaks]: And also of a total disconnect from reality. These guys will, more than anybody, create their own downfall.

  • @feathersruffled [in reply to @wikileaks]: yeah things are not going particularly well on this issue. Also 'impotence' can be quite a serious issue amongst older men.

July 12 2013

mr-absentia
Snowden most likely to ask for refugee status at UN/ICRC on Russia's advice...but in any case, according to Putin, he won't be extradited.
— Liberté-info (via Twitter)
mr-absentia

US’ Double Standard on Extraditions Contributes to its Increasing Isolation | The Americas Blog

Revelations of extensive NSA spying on several Latin American countries have further weakened U.S. relations with neighbors south of the border. Colombia, Mexico and Argentina are demanding answers, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala condemned the spying, and the Brazilian Senate has called on U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon to testify about the U.S. surveillance of millions of Brazilian citizens. ...

July 07 2013

mr-absentia
[Michael] Bochenek [director of law and policy at Amnesty International] said there was no reason why Snowden could not be granted asylum without setting foot in the country that had granted him refuge. The need to be present in the country where asylum is granted is a convention that can be ignored if nations see fit, he said. ‘It's true that a lot of states have that as a rule in their own domestic requirements, but it is not required by international law,’ he said. Neither did placing Snowden on an Interpol ‘red flag’ list mean that states had to hand him over to the US. The procedure is an advisory measure that can be ignored, legal experts said.
US attempts to block Edward Snowden are 'bolstering' case for asylum (guardian.co.uk, Jul. 7 2013)

July 06 2013

mr-absentia
  • @avilarenata: Facts: asylum granted in Venezuela i.e. Snowden request accepted. Extradition request from US rejected.

  • @avilarenata: Thousands of Latin Americans are deported every year from US. There is a WALL now. Do not expect our love

  • @avilarenata: Venezuela is far from perfect. But its gov has pride. And lots of oil. Leverage.

mr-absentia

US request for extradition of Edward Snowden - full text (guardian.co.uk, Jul. 6 2013)

A copy of the request sent to Venezuela to extradite the NSA whistleblower to the US should he arrive in the South American country

Venezuela and Nicaragua offer asylum to Edward Snowden

July 04 2013

mr-absentia

9:13 GMT: The Bolivian government has rejected the American extradition request for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as ‘baseless and illegal.’

‘The bizarre, legally baseless and unusual request for the extradition of a person who is not on the territory of the state in question, will be returned to the United States immediately,’ said a foreign ministry statement.”

NSA leak fallout: LIVE UPDATES

?????? ... What do they mean by this request? Do US authorities really believe that Bolivian government is harboring Snowden?

  • Bolivia Rejects U.S. Request for Snowden After Flight Detour (Bloomberg, Jul. 4 2013)

    Snowden never spoke with Morales while he was in Russia and the former National Security Agency contractor is not on Bolivian territory, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday. That makes the U.S. request “strange, illegal, unfounded,” it said.

June 29 2012

mr-absentia

BBC News - Julian Assange 'declines' police order

In a statement, Ms Benn, a committee member of Mr Assange's defence fund, said: "This should not be considered any sign of disrespect. Under both international and domestic UK law asylum assessments take priority over extradition claims.

"The issues faced by Mr Assange are serious. His life and liberty and the life and liberty of his organisation and those associated with it are at stake."

The Wikileaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses.

Mr Assange fears that if he is sent to Sweden he could be sent on to the United States to face charges over Wikileaks and that there, he could face the death penalty.

Ms Benn said it was "only a matter of time" before US authorities begin extradition proceedings against him.

She said: "Mr Assange did not feel safe from US extradition in the UK. We are all too aware of the abuses of the US-UK extradition treaty. Although Mr Assange has been trapped in the UK under dangerous circumstances, he has at least had the freedom to apply for political asylum.

"It is in this context that Julian has made the difficult decision to seek refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy to ask for asylum. Julian will remain in the embassy under the protection of the Ecuadorian government while evidence for his application is being assembled and processed."

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