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UK News WikiLeaks founder Assange appears confused at extradition hearing

19:56  21 october  2019
19:56  21 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a London court on Monday for a hearing on whether he should be extradited to the United States to face spying While the focus of today's hearing was general case management, the full extradition hearing is due to start on February 25 next year.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared confused at a London court hearing on Monday, struggling to recall Assange 's lawyer Mark Summers argued that Assange 's extradition hearing , scheduled for February 2020, should be delayed by three months due to the complexity of the case.

Benny Boom et al. standing in front of a building: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

By Andrew MacAskill

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared confused at a London court hearing on Monday, struggling to recall his name and age in his first public appearance in months as he sought to fight extradition to the United States.

Julian Assange et al. posing for the camera: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador's embassy before he was dragged out in April, faces 18 counts in the United States including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted.

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is expected to appear in person in court today, as his extradition case continues. The WikiLeaks founder was due to be released from HMP Belmarsh on September 22, but was told at a court hearing last month that he would be kept in jail because of

LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court Monday to fight extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer, with his legal team saying it needs more time to prepare its case. Assange raised a fist in a defiant gesture to acknowledge his

a person standing in front of a building: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

On Monday he appeared clean-shaven, without the long beard he had worn at his last public appearance in May, when he was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail.

He appeared in good health, with his white hair combed back and wearing a navy suit over a light blue sweater and white shirt.

But Assange mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth at the start of a preliminary hearing in the case.

When the judge asked him at the end of the hearing if he knew what was happening, he replied "not exactly", complained about the conditions in jail, and said he was unable to "think properly".

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LONDON (Sputnik) - Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor-in-chief of the WikiLeaks website, said on Monday that his expectations for the case management hearing for the WikiLeaks founder , Julian Assange , ahead of his possible extradition to the United States were "moderate and hopeful".

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

"I don’t understand how this is equitable," Assange said. "I can’t research anything, I can’t access any of my writing. It’s very difficult where I am."

Assange is being held in a British jail pending the U.S. extradition, having served his sentence for skipping bail.

He fled to Ecuador's embassy in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden to face sex crimes accusations. He says the U.S. charges against him are a political attempt to silence journalists and publishers, and the Swedish allegations were part of a plot to catch him. Sweden is reviewing the sex crimes cases.

Julian Assange, Julian Assange holding a sign: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

The Australian-born Assange made global headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.

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Cleanly shaven and dressed in a navy suit, Assange appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday to seek the postponement of an extradition hearing scheduled for February. The WikiLeaks founder reportedly struggled to say his own name and date of birth, and held back tears

WikiLeaks later angered the United States by publishing caches of leaked military documents and diplomatic cables.

In court on Monday, former London mayor Ken Livingstone was among Assange’s supporters in the public gallery, while protesters gathered outside court.

a woman walking down a street holding an umbrella: A woman walks past an artwork depicting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a building near Westminster Magistrates Court, where a case management hearing in Assange's U.S. extradition case is to be held, in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY A woman walks past an artwork depicting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a building near Westminster Magistrates Court, where a case management hearing in Assange's U.S. extradition case is to be held, in London

Assange's lawyer Mark Summers argued that Assange's extradition hearing, scheduled for February 2020, should be delayed by three months due to the complexity of the case.

a person walking down a street next to a bus: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

CRIMINAL CASE

Summers said the U.S. government had been listening to conversations between Assange and lawyers while he was in the Ecuadorean embassy in London from 2012 to 2019.

Julian Assange et al. holding a sign: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London

He said there was a criminal case in the Spanish courts allegedly involving Spanish contractors used by the U.S. government and that hooded men broke into offices, without giving details.

Julian Assange mumbles and stutters as he appears in court in extradition case

  Julian Assange mumbles and stutters as he appears in court in extradition case Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.Assange, 48, is accused of leaking the country’s government secrets in one of the largest ever compromises of confidential information.

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court Monday to fight extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer, with his legal team saying it needs more time to prepare its case. Assange raised a fist in a defiant gesture to acknowledge his

(LONDON) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to appear in court as he fights extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. The 48-year-old Australian is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a case management hearing .

"This is part of a concerted and avowed war against whistleblowers including investigative journalists and publishers," Summers said.

He argued that his team needed more time to gather and provide evidence, saying the challenges in this case would test the limits of most lawyers and citing the difficulty of communicating with Assange who doesn't have a computer in jail.

The judge denied the request to delay the hearing and said Assange’s extradition hearing would go ahead as planned at Belmarsh magistrates’ court in east London in February.

Admirers have hailed Assange as a hero for exposing what they describe as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech. As he entered the dock, people in the public gallery raised their fists in solidarity with him.

His detractors have painted him as a dangerous figure complicit in Russian efforts to undermine the West.

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson said the case should be thrown out immediately.

"Not only is it illegal on the face of the treaty, the U.S. has conducted illegal operations against Assange and his lawyers which are the subject of a major investigation in Spain.”

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Mark Heinrich; Editing by Alistair Smout and Peter Graff/Mark Heinrich)

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