Assange vs the violence of imperial ‘humanitarianism’

In the United Kingdom court decision sparing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from extradition to the United States (for now, pending appeal), the intimately symbiotic relationship between humanitarianism and violence was evident once again. Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that it would be “oppressive” to extradite Assange – but not because of the injustice of the US […]

Julian Assange timeline: Computer programmer to cause celebre

Assange’s supporters see him as a symbol of press freedom, while US officials accuse him of being an enemy of the state. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s legal battle has resumed in the United Kingdom. Here are some key events and details in Julian Assange’s life to date: July 1971 – Assange is born in Townsville, […]

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied bail by UK court

Assange’s legal team defeated in bail request, which comes days after judge ruled in favour of the whistle-blower by blocking his US extradition. Julian Assange has been refused bail because he “has an incentive to abscond” and there is a good chance he would fail to return to court if freed, according to the judge […]

After extradition win, Assange team seeks bail for whistle-blower

London, United Kingdom – Julian Assange’s legal team will on Wednesday seek bail for the whistle-blower, days after a British judge blocked his extradition to the United States, saying such a move could lead to his suicide. Assange’s lawyers will request that he be temporarily released from the maximum-security Belmarsh prison, in southeast London, during […]

Assange ‘free to return to Australia’ when legal challenges end

Julian Assange is “free to return home” to Australia if a United States extradition bid fails in the British courts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, as Australian legislators urged Washington to drop its espionage case against the WikiLeaks founder. Morrison’s comments came a day after a British judge blocked the extradition request by […]

What’s next after Assange extradition request blocked

Legal fight over WikiLeaks founder’s future set to intensify as US prosecutors ready to appeal extradition ruling. The battle over Julian Assange’s future kicked into overdrive after a British judge ruled the WikiLeaks founder should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges. Monday’s ruling in London saw District Judge Vanessa Baraitser […]

World reacts as UK judge blocks Assange extradition to US

WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges, a UK court ruled on Monday. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said such a move would be “oppressive” taking into account Assange’s mental health, saying he was at risk of suicide. While his supporters welcomed the move, there […]

UK court blocks Julian Assange extradition to US

Ruling expected to be appealed in a move that could lead to years of more legal wrangling. A British judge has ruled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US to face espionage charges. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser delivered the decision on Monday at the Old Bailey. The ruling is likely to […]

UK court to rule on WikiLeaks founder Assange’s US extradition

On Monday, a British judge will decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret US military documents. The 49-year-old Australian is accused of illegally hacking into US government websites and leaking documents containing logs on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and diplomatic […]

Assange extradition battle resumes after coronavirus delays

The US extradition trial for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumed on Monday at London’s Old Bailey court, with the whistle-blower’s lawyers arguing that he would not receive a fair trial in the United States on political charges. The hearing had been delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Assange appeared in the dock wearing a dark […]

The US’s pursuit of Julian Assange threatens media freedom

The last time I saw Julian Assange he looked tired and wan. Dressed neatly in casual business attire, the WikiLeaks founder was sitting in a glass-enclosed dock, at the back of a court adjoining Belmarsh high-security prison in London, flanked by two prison officers.  I had travelled from the United States to observe the hearing. He […]