The extrajudicial and illegal steps the British and US governments have taken against Julian Assange are bad enough, but if his defense attorneys are working for those governments and not their client, it’s would be an epic and tragic betrayal. From Lucy Komisar at off-guardian.org:
The network of lawyers in conflicting roles in Browder, Assange and US government cases raises questions about Julian Assange’s defense.
US government lawyer in the Assange extradition case just wrote a London Times oped promoting the Browder Magnitsky hoax. Ben Brandon is one of five lawyers in a London network whose spokes link to convicted tax fraudster William Browder, the U.S. government, and to both sides of the extradition case against whistleblower publisher Julian Assange.
Here is how the British legal system works. Lawyers are either solicitors who work with clients or barristers who go to court in cases assigned by the solicitors. To share costs, barristers operate in chambers, which provide office space, including conference rooms and dining halls, clerks who receive and assign cases from solicitors, and other support staff. London has 210 chambers. There are not “partners” sharing profits, but members operate fraternally with each other.