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That this is happening in the UK is shameful.
The moments of collusion between the judge—or magistrate, a Gothic-looking Vanessa Baraitser, about whom little is known—and the prosecution acting for the Trump regime have been brazen. Until the last few days, defence arguments have been routinely dismissed. The lead prosecutor, James Lewis QC, ex SAS and currently Chief Justice of the Falklands, by and large gets what he wants, notably up to four hours to denigrate expert witnesses, while the defence’s examination is guillotined at half an hour. I have no doubt, had there been a jury, his freedom would be assured.
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Free Assange

Free Assange,
because the world is growing darker
as the bastards flick the lights off
one by one.

Free Assange,
because the sky is filling with death machines
as mothers weep over small tattered bodies
and the news man talks about rude tweets.

Free Assange,
because they are taking everything from us
and we are becoming voiceless, mindless gear turners
who can only argue about who to bomb next.

Free Assange,
because if perception management gets any worse
they’ll soon be confiscating our ears and eyeballs
in wheelbarrows labeled “NSA�.

Free Assange,
because the missiles are rolling out
and the planet is on fire
and soon there’ll be nothing we can do but cry.

Free Assange,
because if we let them stomp out that bright light
we may as well smooth the pillow on a dying world
and wait for the bastards to choke the life out of us.

Free Assange,
because if we can’t stop them from taking him
we can’t stop them from taking everything else,
and we won’t survive, and we won’t deserve to.

Free Assange,
because we are deciding right now
what our species is made of,
what it will be, if it will be.

Free Assange,
because this is it,
our last chance,
our final window to stop them.

Free Assange,
because we are so much more than they tell us.

Free Assange,
because we have a right to know.

Free Assange,
because it’s now or never.

Free Assange,
because he’d do the same for us.

Free Assange,
because F--k ’em, that’s why.

Free Assange,
because we’re still in this fight.

Free Assange,
because we can win.

Free Assange,
because we can.

Free Assange.

Free Assange.

Free Assange.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55528241
Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder extradition to US blocked by UK judge
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Let's hope he can recover from 9 years on death row.
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UndercoverElephant wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:28 am https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55528241
Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder extradition to US blocked by UK judge
Judge has ordered his discharge

From John Pilger's twitter feed:
Julian #Assange has been discharged by the judge at the Old Bailey on grounds that he was too great a suicide risk if extradited to the US. This is wonderful! It's a face-saving cover for the British to justify their disgraceful political trial of #Assange on America's behalf.
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This is great news, is he actually free now?
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careful_eugene wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:43 am This is great news, is he actually free now?
Not yet. The US will appeal against the ruling, and I don't know whether the appeal is enough to keep him temporarily locked up.

EDIT: Torygraph is reporting he could be freed later today.
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/0 ... dition-us/
Assange, who sat in the dock of Court 2 in a blue suit and wearing a green face mask below his nose, closed his eyes as the judge read out her ruling.

Lawyers will return to the Old Bailey later today for a bail application, and if Assange's legal team are successful, their client could be a free man this afternoon.

But having been remanded in custody, it is not widely expected that he will be freed from high-security Belmarsh Prison immediately given the US government's intent to appeal.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ju ... 82138.html
Rejection of Assange extradition is a victory for freedom of the press – but the media silence is worrying
It's deafening.
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It's not over yet.

1) The Yank appeal has yet to fail

2), Assuming it does fail, it remains to be seen how long Assange lives following release.
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UndercoverElephant wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:18 pm https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ju ... 82138.html
Rejection of Assange extradition is a victory for freedom of the press – but the media silence is worrying
It's deafening.
The Judge rejected the press freedom argument.

I'm surprised there wasn't a case against sending Julian to a country that uses torture against people it considers to be holding information that threatens national security. I remember reports of prisoners in Guantanamo being waterboarded hundreds of times.
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Little John wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:51 pm
2), Assuming it does fail, it remains to be seen how long Assange lives following release.
Are you asking that because he appears so psychologically and physically broken, or because you think the US will try to assassinate him?
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Both. But, probably, mostly the latter
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UndercoverElephant wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:27 am
Little John wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:51 pm
2), Assuming it does fail, it remains to be seen how long Assange lives following release.
Are you asking that because he appears so psychologically and physically broken, or because you think the US will try to assassinate him?
The US might not but one of their lickspittles may try.

I rather hope he can sue the Brits for about £100,000 per month of incarceration.
I experience pleasure and pains, and pursue goals in service of them, so I cannot reasonably deny the right of other sentient agents to do the same - Steven Pinker
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