Julian Assange Loses Appeal: British High Court Accepts U.S. Request to Extradite Him for Trial, by Glenn Greenwald

This is indeed a dark day. Even if Assange wins his court case in the U.S., certainly not the betting favorite, the intimidation effect sounds the death knell for freedom of the press, and by implication every one of the other freedoms once nobly enshrined in the First Amendment. Glenn Greenwald’s article is excellent. Read it and weep. From Greenwald at greenwald.substack.com:

Press freedom groups have warned Assange’s prosecution is a grave threat. The Biden DOJ ignored them, and today won a major victory toward permanently silencing the pioneering transparency activist.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the High Court in London on December 5, 2011 where he attended a ruling in his long-running fight against extradition to Sweden (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

In a London courtroom on Friday morning, Julian Assange suffered a devastating blow to his quest for freedom. A two-judge appellate panel of the United Kingdom’s High Court ruled that the U.S.’s request to extradite Assange to the U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges is legally valid.

As a result, that extradition request will now be sent to British Home Secretary Prita Patel, who technically must approve all extradition requests but, given the U.K. Government’s long-time subservience to the U.S. security state, is all but certain to rubber-stamp it. Assange’s representatives, including his fiancee Stella Morris, have vowed to appeal the ruling, but today’s victory for the U.S. means that Assange’s freedom, if it ever comes, is further away than ever: not months but years even under the best of circumstances.

In endorsing the U.S. extradition request, the High Court overturned a lower court’s ruling from January which had concluded that the conditions of U.S. prison — particularly for those accused of national security crimes — are so harsh and oppressive that there is a high likelihood that Assange would commit suicide. In January’s ruling, Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected all of Assange’s arguments that the U.S. was seeking to punish him not for crimes but for political offenses. But in rejecting the extradition request, she cited the numerous attestations from Assange’s doctors that his physical and mental health had deteriorated greatly after seven years of confinement in the small Ecuadorian Embassy where he had obtained asylum, followed by his indefinite incarceration in the U.K.

In response to that January victory for Assange, the Biden DOJ appealed the ruling and convinced Judge Baraitser to deny Assange bail and ordered him imprisoned pending appeal. The U.S. then offered multiple assurances that Assange would be treated “humanely” in U.S. prison once he was extradited and convicted. They guaranteed that he would not be held in the most repressive “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado — whose conditions are so repressive that it has been condemned and declared illegal by numerous human rights groups around the world — nor, vowed U.S. prosecutors, would he be subjected to the most extreme regimen of restrictions and isolation called Special Administrative Measures (“SAMs”) unless subsequent behavior by Assange justified it. American prosecutors also agreed that they would consent to any request from Assange that, once convicted, he could serve his prison term in his home country of Australia rather than the U.S. Those guarantees, ruled the High Court this morning, rendered the U.S. extradition request legal under British law.

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13 responses to “Julian Assange Loses Appeal: British High Court Accepts U.S. Request to Extradite Him for Trial, by Glenn Greenwald

  1. We Brits have been, and are being, asset-stripped. Not just of our resources but of our democracy, institutional probity, moral compass and dignity.
    This shameful case illustrates our demise. We shall rest and rot at the bottom, of the barrel.

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    • The dignity with which you decry your country’s descent (mirrored in the U.S.) is better than your country deserves.

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    • BRITION has gone to far,EITHER YOU CLEAN UP YOUR COUNTRY OR OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN WILL DO IT FOR YOU,He will submerge..THE UK under thousands of feet of ocean and KILL you all..,giving up your WORLD WORLD TWO weapons,was not to smart.AMERICANS are pussies and cowards to..as is most western countries are..THEY FEAR THEIR POLICE GANGS AND MILITARY MORE THEN GOD…he’ll kill them all…

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  3. Yup. We all know what needs to be done to regain freedom. And I remember Trump talking about Assange before he was elected saying what a help Assange had been in exposing Hillary. And then afterwards, once he was elected, when asked about Assange then Trump played stupid and asked ‘who is Assange.’ MF Trump could have pardoned him.

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  4. Assange always asserted having a “dead man’s switch” of info. Perhaps it’s time before he gets Epstiened.

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  5. DWEEZIL THE WEASEL

    I would opine this poor soul will soon succumb to a terminal case of Arkansas Influenza. I hope I am wrong.

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  6. Dweezil,

    The statement, “Assange DIDN’T kill himself” will have absolute validity when he is unlawfully returned to ‘America’.

    Hope that he doesn’t die in the (((American Gulag System))) but look at how people are being treated under the (((system))) for the totally fake nothingburger of the ‘Jan 6th False Flag’.

    Where’s that S.M.O.D. coming in at 30 Klicks a sec to give a kiss to d.c., langley and ft. Meade when one needs it…a football stadium sized one would be just about right….

    Yes, a LOT of ‘innocent’ people would be vaporized instantly…but they CHOSE to live and work and support the heart of the beast,…fuck ’em!!

    NorthGunner – The Truth Is It’s OWN Defense!

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    • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL

      NG: My dear wife believes with all her heart a Deus ex Machina event will hit this corrupt, syphilitic, Godless empire before the end of 2022. I hope she is right. But, as we both know, hope is not a strategy. I prefer to continue to prep and stay vigilant.
      Gun show today at the Greyhound Park. Range and PT the rest of the week, if I do not have to Sub. Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy 2022 to you and yours. Bleib ubrig.

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  7. WHEN america threw OUR FATHER AND HIS SON JESUS OUT OF AMERICA,that should have been when the MEN in america stood up and HUNTED down every government devil who could be found,including all media…BUT THEY CHOSE THE DEATH OF AMERICA INSTEAD,sadly not many americans will ever see the day they get into heaven,LUCIFER OWNS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY NOW,and it can’t be changed,,all the men are pussies and cowards now..AND they’ve chosen to go to hell.. rather then take down satans army,OH you boys,and,girlymen have No idea how bad your screwing up…DEATH was a poor choice..BUT you threw away the children too..YOU”LL really pay dear for that…

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  8. “Only paid subscribers can comment on this post” ~ greewald.substack.com

    Long past time to create and unpeg our green, ethical and anarchic lives and, if we think it makes sense, our new currencies for that purpose, from those of the status-quo.

    “Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.”
    “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
    ~ Noam Chomsky

    “The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself… Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable…” ~ H. L. Mencken

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