After an initial week of legal argument, the proceedings were adjourned and will continue with three weeks of evidence scheduled to begin on 18 May.
The most dangerous press freedom issue of 2020 is Trump’s prosecution of Julian Assange: Assange is not a popular figure, and has alienated people both inside and outside of the U.S. political establishment. But the facts of the case at hand are clear: Assange is being charged for speaking to a source and publishing information that source gave him. Whether or not you believe Assange is a “journalist,” the actions laid out in the indictment are virtually indistinguishable from common practices in newspapers around the country. It’s exactly why both The New York Times and The Washington Post — themselves no fans of Assange — have denounced the charges against him in the strongest terms.
Judge: Julian Assange Must Remain In Glass Box During Extradition Proceedings: The judge flatly rejected this request. She maintained Assange has had “no difficulty at all in attracting the attention of those who sit on the legal team” in the back row of the well. He communicated with them via notes during the week.
Judge denies Assange’s request to sit with his lawyers
Prosecution claims Assange and WikiLeaks aren’t “political”
Defense: Julian Assange cannot be extradited for a political offense
Assange can’t participate in his own defense
Defense debunks US claims of reckless dump and Assange-Manning conspiracy
Guardian journalists to blame for unredacted cables’ release
Manning couldn’t have anonymized even if she cracked password
Manning’s conscience, not Assange, compelled her to blow the whistle
[Crown Prosecution Service] CPS Makes Dramatic Claims, Without Evidence
CPS’ Arguments Would Put Newspapers At Risk
Assange’s Defense: This is an Abuse of Process
Trump Wants Assange’s “Head on a Pike”
Assange’s Views Make Him a Target
Chelsea Manning is a Whistleblower, Not Assange’s Co-Conspirator
US Congressman Offers Assange Pardon
US Prison Conditions Would Put Assange’s Life at Risk
19 November 2019. Mark this day. This is the day that Sweden finally closed the ‘preliminary’ investigation into the allegations against Julian Assange, a case resumed on 1 September 2010, after being summarily closed once before by Stockholm prosecutor Eva Finné. That’s nine years, two months, and nineteen days to do what Finné accomplished in twelve hours.