Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14

On the 22nd September 2020, Craig Murray reported: Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14”

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

On the 20th September 2020, Craig Murray posted this report: Friday gave us the most emotionally charged moments yet at the Assange hearing, showed that strange and sharp twists in the story are still arriving at the Old Bailey, and brought into sharp focus some questions about the handling and validity of evidence, which I … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13”

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12

On the 18th September Craig Murray Reports A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government’s insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly underlay the entire line of questioning in the … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12”

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 11

On 17th September Craig Murray posted this summary Yet another shocking example of abuse of court procedure unfolded on Wednesday. James Lewis QC for the prosecution had been permitted gratuitously to read to two previous witnesses with zero connection to this claim, an extract from a book by Luke Harding and David Leigh in which … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 11”

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 10

On the 16th September 2020 Craig Murray reports: The gloves were off on Tuesday as the US Government explicitly argued that all journalists are liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing classified information, citing the Rosen case. Counsel for the US government also argued that the famous Pentagon Papers supreme court judgement on … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 10”

Lawyers for Assange: Summary of First round of Extradition Hearings

On 11th September 2020, Lawyers for Assange posted this news article The first week of the current round of extradition hearings saw Julian Assange re-arrested based on the latest superseding indictment. The Court denied the application by Assange’s legal team to exclude from consideration the 11th hour expansion of the alleged facts under the charge … Continue reading “Lawyers for Assange: Summary of First round of Extradition Hearings”

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 9

On the 15th September 2020 Craig Murray reports: Things became not merely dramatic in the Assange courtroom today, but spiteful and nasty. There were two real issues, the evidence and the procedure. On the evidence, there were stark details of the dreadful regime Assange will face in US jails if extradited. On the procedure, we … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 9”

Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 8

On the 10th September 2020 Craig Murray posted about the second day of the September hearings The great question after yesterday’s hearing was whether prosecution counsel James Lewis QC would continue to charge at defence witnesses like a deranged berserker (spoiler – he would), and more importantly, why? QC’s representing governments usually seek to radiate … Continue reading “Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 8”

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 7

On the 9th September 2020, Craig Murray summarised Day 7 CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH This morning we went straight in to the evidence of Clive Stafford Smith, a dual national British/American lawyer licensed to practice in the UK. He had founded Reprieve in 1999 originally to oppose the death penalty, but after 2001 it had branched … Continue reading “Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 7”

Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: the Assange Hearing Day 6

On the 8th September Craig Murray post observations the first day of the September hearing I went to the Old Bailey today expecting to be awed by the majesty of the law, and left revolted by the sordid administration of injustice. There is a romance which attaches to the Old Bailey. The name of course … Continue reading “Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: the Assange Hearing Day 6”