You’ll likely remember that Julian Assange has long believed that after WikiLeaks had published the CIA Vault 7 in 2017 was the date that brought the DoJ to put pedal-to-the-metal and charge him with 17 counts of espionage, and ‘persuade’ the London Police to drag him out of the Ecuadorian Embassy on April 12, 2019. The po-po also stole all his electronic belongings and turned them over to the US DoJ, partially in the quest to discover who the Leaker was.
There was indeed speculation that if Schulte were to offer any defense close to ‘Assange made me do it!’, he’d be offered immunity from prosecution for his testimony.
Magistrates Court, Dec. 20
WikiLeaks had Tweeted this background from El Pais yesterday morning: ‘Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States; Spain’s High Court is investigating the director of UC Global S. L. and the activities of his company, which had been hired to protect the Ecuadorian embassy in the English capital’ Sept. 26, 2019, (a few squibs, any bolds are mine):
“Undercover Global S. L., the Spanish defense and private security company that was charged with protecting the Ecuadorian embassy in London during the long stay there of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, spied on the cyberactivist for the US intelligence service. That’s according to statements and documents to which EL PAÍS have had access. David Morales, the owner of the company, supposedly handed over audio and video to the CIA of the meetings Assange held with his lawyers and collaborators. Morales is being investigated for this activity by Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional.”
the reports, crickets, disappearances, and of course…cover-ups (by Tweet).
…plus a likely minuscule hope of a reprieve from extradition. First, and given that editor Joseph Kishore has kindly given me persmission to use all their content I wish, I’ll past most all of it in. At the bottom, I’ll explain the irony of why I haven’t used snippets from two other papers with similar content.
‘Julian Assange denied access to lawyers and vital evidence in US extradition case’, Thomas Scripps, 14 December 2019
“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared via videolink at Westminster Magistrates Court in London yesterday for a brief administrative hearing. The half-hour proceedings confirm that the fundamental legal rights of the world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.” [snip]
From wsws.org, 24 November 2019:
“The following letter was authored by more than 65 eminent medical doctors from the UK and around the world, calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange.
‘We write this open letter, as medical doctors, to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange. Our professional concerns follow publication recently of the harrowing eyewitness accounts of Craig Murray and John Pilger of the case management hearing on Monday 21 October 2019 at Westminster Magistrates Court. The hearing related to the upcoming February 2020 hearing of the request by the US government for Mr Assange’s extradition to the US in relation to his work as a publisher of information, including information about alleged crimes of the US government.
Via the Intercept (8:31):
Calling all sleuths who are intrigued by Media Brands! Both versions I’ve linked below are far too long for me to read, rather than scan, although at least the NYT version doesn’t include the massive, eye-searing photos the Intercept version does.
Here are a few questions readers and watchers might want to consider: How were TI and the NYT able to verify these 700 pages of documents as ‘authentic’ (albetit Maz Hussain’s claim at DN! below)? Is this simply more anti-Iranian (‘now “our new enemy” a Risen said) Imperial agitprop? Given they’d allegedly been ‘leaked’ to TI anonymously, who had ‘leaked’ them? Were they hacked or even created by enemies of Iran? That would be a long list, yes?
I haven’t been able to find any written first-person reports on what happened in court this morning, but oscar greenfell at wsws has this up today: ‘UN special rapporteur exposes Swedish sexual misconduct frame-up of Assange’, Oscar Grenfell, 18 November 2019, and it may be relevant to another Tweet I’d seen earlier, …and MAE below promises a report soon.