High Court judge rejects Assange appeal despite collapse of US hacking claim

Judge Sir Jonathan Swift issues 3-page judgment dismissing all Assange’s grounds for overturning extradition in case that should never have come this far

Julian Assange’s extradition to the US has moved a step closer after High Court judge Sir Jonathan Swift ruled out all his grounds for appeal in a three-page judgment, despite the farcical collapse of the US government’s grounds for his extradition – that he was a hacker rather than a journalist – when its witness who had corroborated the claim admitted under oath that he had lied all along at the behest of US government agents.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) director Rebecca Vincent said of the significance of the judgment:

It is absurd that a single judge can issue a three-page decision that could land Julian Assange in prison for the rest of his life and permanently impact the climate for journalism around the world. The historical weight of what happens next cannot be overstated; it is time to put a stop to this relentless targeting of Assange and act instead to protect journalism and press freedom. Our call on President Biden is now more urgent than ever: drop these charges, close the case against Assange, and allow for his release without further delay.

Assange’s wife Stella said on Twitter:

On Tuesday next week my husband Julian Assange will make a renewed application for appeal to the High Court. The matter will then proceed to a public hearing before two new judges at the High Court and we remain optimistic that we will prevail and that Julian will not be extradited to the United States where he faces charges that could result in him spending the rest of his life in a maximum security prison for publishing true information that revealed war crimes committed by the U.S. government.

The detention and would-be extradition of Julian Assange has been marked by Establishment abuse and misconduct, from the decision to allow the US request despite its main witness voluntarily discrediting himself – and thus the whole US government case – to the destruction of emails between Keir Starmer’s Crown Prosecution Service and Swedish prosecutors, though enough evidence remained to show Starmer’s crew warning the Swedes not to ‘dare’ change their mind about wanting Assange sent to Sweden from the UK.

Assange will now lodge a further appeal on Tuesday. If that is rejected, his last recourse is an application to the European Court of Human Rights.

Solidarity with Julian Assange. The courts must enact real justice and reject this assault on him and on journalism and the democracy that depends on it. He must be freed.

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  1. Jonathan Swift was a satirist, wasn’t he? I only wish this one was joking. Grim news.

    Maximum solidarity with Julian & Stella in your appeal.

  2. Absolutely appalling but predictable. The consequences for journalism are incalculable.

    Freedom for Assange.

  3. Predictable but no less appalling.

    Consequences for journalism incalculable.

    Freedom for Assange.

    Highest regards to Stella and the boys.

  4. Appalling!! Let’s wait and see what happens at the High Court. Somehow, I am not expecting Judge Swift’s judgement to be over turn.
    However, I am hopeful that the European Court of Human Rights will see sense and protect the HR of Assange.
    Solidarity with Julian and Stella Assange!!

  5. i). ‘Don’t you dare change your mind…’ is the language of a bully.

    ii). Harm, intimidation and coercion are the objectives of bully-boy Keir Starmer.

    iii). The High Court of Justice in England and Wales should be expected to comply with Article 4 of the US-UK extradition treaty: “Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense.”

    iv). The Establishment is not even trying to be fair and impartial on Assange. Bully-boy Keir Starmer is their servant for sure.

    1. qwertboi ” Don’t you dare change your mind” is the language of fascists too.
      The utterance of Angela Rayner saying something along the lines ” Shoot them first and ask question later. I am left in economics but I am hardliner in law and order” Is something that a fascist would say too.

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