JULIAN ASSANGE UPDATES

Below you’ll find updates on Julian Assange starting on April 10, 2019, the day before Ecuador President Lenin Moreno revoked his political asylum and the UK Met police arrested him. There are other timelines out there that might make a good cross reference with this one since they cover some stuff I don’t and vice versa.

This is really meant to give everyone a quick run-down of what’s happened and what’s coming down the pipeline such as court dates and times when we get them. You’re also welcome to visit @Assange_Updates, a Twitter account I started just for updates about Julian. The notes I added after some of the entries below are really just questions and concerns I have put to paper so to speak because there’s either been a lack of information forthcoming or sometimes supporters (including myself) don’t understand what’s going on or aren’t familiar with the law, or both so chill.

For court documents please go to “Julian Assange Court Documents



JULY 2019

July 1, 2019

        • The UK Upper Tribunal has scheduled a 10:30 am (London time) public hearing for Stefania Maurizi’s long-awaited FOIA to access full documents on Julian Assange. 

JUNE 2019

June 14, 2019

        • “The first substantive US extradition hearing, previously planned for 12 June has now been moved to 14 June. The hearing will be in Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court.” 

June 12, 2019

        • Deadline for the US government to present all of their information/evidence about their extradition request for Assange (District Judge Michael Judge) See June 12th
        • Court date not confirmed yet: Assange’s May 30th court hearing (UK) was rescheduled for June 12th (or possibly the day before/after).
        • The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, has been summoned by the Attorney General’s office to testify in Ola Bini’s case. Bini, an associate of Assange’s, is currently imprisoned for allegedly participating in an espionage network. Court is at 9am.

June 8, 2019

        • The campaign #Unity4J holds an online vigil for Assange during which Unity co-founder Suzie Dawson makes the outrageous claim that Assange was behind the leaked video of him at the prison “his fingerprints are all over this.”  She provides no evidence to back up her story.  Although the vigil’s co-hosts try to push back on her story based on the fact that the video appears to have been leaked in order to undermine UN Rapporteur Nils Melzer’s report on Assange’s deteriorating condition, Dawson maintains Assange staged the entire thing.

June 7, 2019

        • A Twitter account that alleges to be the source for the photos sent to Cassandra Fairbanks appears online a few days prior. See June 6, 2019
        • NOTE: See also May 16, May 17, and May 24th entries

June 6, 2019

        • WikiLeaks releases a press release stating that the DoJ is preparing to file an additional indictment against Assange. They indicate that the US government has brought in Siggi Thordarson, a “sociopath, convicted conman and sex criminal” who was “involved in an FBI entrapment operation against WikiLeaks,” as a witness against WikiLeaks and Assange. (press release)
        • Cassandra Fairbanks publishes a story about an alleged source she has within Belmarsh prison. The article includes photos of Assange within the prison as well as statements from the source such as Assange is shopping around for new lawyers, Assange has no money in his account at Belmarsh, and that the source is doing this to help Assange’s cause.  Supporters are concerned that Assange will face serious repercussions in prison for the release of story and photos.
        • NOTE: See also May 16, May 17, and May 24th entries

June 5, 2019

        • Activist Cassandra Fairbanks says that she spoke with an alleged Belmarsh prisoner for hours. Is sent photos of Assange from within the prison.

June 3, 2019

        • The Uppsala district court in Sweden will hear the “prosecutor’s request that WikliLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained in absentia on suspicion of rape, the first step in his possible extradition to Sweden.”
        • 10:00 am (Sweden) in Uppsala District Court
        • COURT DECISION:  The Swedish district court has decided not to arrest Julian Assange in absentia. 
        • “This does not mean that the prosecution has to be closed down…hearings may still be possible to conduct in the UK.” 
        • A European Investigation Order will still be issued


MAY 2019

May 31, 2019

  • Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture report
      •  
      • “I am particularly alarmed at the recent announcement by the US Department of Justice of 17 new charges against Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act”
      • “Gravely concerned that the limited frequency and duration of lawyers’ visits and his lack of access to case files and documents make it impossible for him to adequately prepare his defence in any of the complex legal proceedings piling up against him.”
      • “Since 2010, when Wikileaks started publishing evidence of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, we have seen a sustained and concerted effort by several States towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States for prosecution, raising serious concern over the criminalisation of investigative journalism in violation of both the US Constitution and international human rights law”
      • “Since then, there has been a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Sweden and, more recently, Ecuador.”
      • According to the expert, this included an endless stream of humiliating, debasing and threatening statements in the press and on social media, but also by senior political figures, and even by judicial magistrates involved in proceedings against Assange.
      • “In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.”

        “It was obvious that Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years…Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.”

        “The evidence is overwhelming and clear…Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

        “I condemn, in the strongest terms, the deliberate, concerted and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted on Mr. Assange and seriously deplore the consistent failure of all involved governments to take measures for the protection of his most fundamental human rights and dignity…By displaying an attitude of complacency at best, and of complicity at worst, these governments have created an atmosphere of impunity encouraging Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse.”

        “In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law…The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!”

  • Swedish Case:
        • Ahead of the Swedish proceedings on June 3, 2019, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson released a press statement that she is requesting the district court detain Assange on probable grounds for suspicion of rape.  
        • She continued, “If the district court decides to arrest him, I will proceed with issuing a European arrest warrant in which he is requested to be extradited to Sweden.”
        • NOTE: The UK decides which order takes priority — the Swedish European arrest warrant or the US extradition request

May 30, 2019

        • Procedural hearing in Assange extradition case
        • Due to illness, Julian Assange was unable to attend the hearing. It’s been rescheduled for June 12th — or the before/after.
        • Judge Emma Arbuthnot who is presiding over the extradition case may move the court next to Belmarsh prison for convenience.
        • Note: Judge Emma Arbuthnot is the same judge who refused to withdraw Assange’s arrest warrant last year and is married to Lord Arbuthnot, the former UK minister of defense, former chairman of the defense committee, director of SC Strategy which is owned by the former head of M16, and a member of the advisory board of Thales, one of the largest arms manufacturers and dealers in the world who appears in WikiLeaks documents.

May 29, 2019

        • Ola Bini, a friend of Julian Assange, who was arrested in Ecuador directly after Assange’s arrest, is in court again for a bail hearing.  You can follow Ola Bini updates at @FreeOlaBini.
        • Nils Melzter, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture announces that after his visits with Julian Assange at Belmarsh prison his report will be out on Friday, May 21, 2019.

May 28, 2019

        • Swedish press is reports that Assange has been admitted to the medical department at Belmarsh prison. Despite this the Swedish court has refused to reschedule his hearing scheduled for June 3, 2019, per his attorney’s request.

May 24, 2019

        • Julian Assange’s attorney, Pers Samuelson, meets with Assange, and later tells the press that he was unable to speak with him due to his health condition.  Samuelson told Assange during this meeting about the US government’s superseding indictment filed the day before.
        • NOTE:  This completely contradicts the story that the alleged Belmarsh prisoner posted on Twitter (that Assange was admitted to the hospital on April 17th. It should be noted that the Twitter account has been asking for more followers before they’ll release an interview they allegedly had with Assange, as well as donations through an online crowd-sourcing page they set up.
        • NOTE:  None of this information comes out until after June 6, 2019.

May 23, 2019

        • The U.S. government releases a superseding indictment against Assange that includes 18 additional charges, 17 of which are files under the grossly antiquated Espionage Act. 
        • DOJ press release
        • WikiLeaks press release 

May 22, 2019

        • Attorney whistleblower Jesselyn Radack posted on Twitter a list of what Assange can and cannot receive at Belmarsh prison.

May 21, 2019

        • It’s reported that Ecuador’s Office of the Comptroller released a report which seems to indicate that President Moreno is still trying to officially pull Assange’s Ecuadorian citizenship under the guise that there were “irregularities” in the naturalization process. Their next report will be out in a few weeks.

May 20, 2019

        • The Ecuadorian government confiscates all of Julian Assange’s belongings from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  Lenin Moreno’s government had previously announced that they would be handing Assange’s possessions over to the U.S. government including two manuscripts, electronics, legal papers, and medical records.
        • According the Associated Press, “Assange saw his eviction coming for weeks…so he took great care to scrub computers and hard drives of any compromising material, including future planned leaks or international communications with WikiLeaks collaborators.”
        • WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristin Hrafnsson stated (read entire WikiLeaks press release here):

          Ecuador is run by criminals and liars. There is no doubt in my mind that Ecuador, either independently or at the behest of the US, has tampered with the belongings it will send to the United States.”

        • Note:  Assange’s attorneys were apparently not allowed inside the embassy during the seizure but they didn’t show up outside either. Did they ever file an injunction to stop the illegal seizure? Can they do that? 
        • Note:  WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and ambassador Joseph Farrell were not there either although Hrafnsson tried to get Assange’s belongings back previously but the UK police blocked him.

May 17, 2019

        • A Twitter account that alleges to be a prisoner in Belmarsh claims that Assange was admitted to the hospital unit at Belmarsh on May 17th. (see May 16, 2019)

May 16, 2019

        • A Twitter account that alleges to be a prisoner in Belmarsh tweets out a photo of a Prisoner Movement Slip dated May 16, 2019, that purportedly shows an x-ray appointment that Assange had on that date. The Twitter account claims that Assange was admitted to the hospital unit at Belmarsh the next day.

May 13, 2019

        • The Swedish Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson held a press conference at 11:00 a.m. announcing that they would be reopening the rape investigation of Assange
        • WikiLeaks editor-in-chief releases a statement after Persson’s press conference.

May 12, 2019

        • The Attorney General of Ecuador agrees to deliver to the United States all of Assange’s documents, mobile phones, hard disks, computers, USB memory sticks, and CDs that were in the Ecuadorian embassy in London at the time of his arrest on April 11, 2019.
        • Note: Can Assange’s attorneys file an injunction against this illegal seizure?
        • Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Inhuman Treatment and two medical experts meet with Assange at Belmarsh. Rapporteur reports that the investigation and evaluation is still ongoing.

May 10, 2019

        • Ecuador announces that it is going to seize all of Assange’s belongings that were left at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he was arrested by UK Met police on April 11, 2019.

May 9, 2019

        • UN Special Rapporteur on torture and inhumane treatment meets with Assange at Hellmarsh.

May 7, 2019

        • Pamela Anderson and Kristinn Hrafnsson visit Assange at Hellmarsh. Anderson is the first social visit he’s had since his incarceration. Days later, Speigel publishes an interview with Anderson who provided them with harrowing details about Assange’s health and prison conditions.
        • Karen Kwiatkowski, an American activist who won the 2018 Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence award, publishes a story that Assange is being drugged and interrogated in prison. She says her source in the UK told her that he’s in the medical unit under close observation. Supporters question the story, others are deeply concerned.

May 4, 2019

        • UN on Arbitrary Detention “denounces disproportionality of UK Court’s sentence against Assange”

May 3, 2019

        • Jen Robinson, one of Assange’s attorneys, confirms that he is now receiving medical treatment at Hellmarsh.

May 2, 2019

        • Assange has his first extradition hearing.
        • WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson tries to retrieve Assange’s personal possessions from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The UK Met police do not allow him access.
        • Hrafnsson tells the press that Assange is being kept in solitary confinement. However, all of the prisoners at Hellmarsh are basically kept in solitary confinement. The outrage here shouldn’t be that he’s being treated like everyone else (excluding the fact that no one should ever be kept in solidarity) but rather that the judge sentenced him to a high-security prison for a minor bail violation in the first place.

May 1, 2019

        • Assange appears in court. He is sentenced to 350 days at Belmarsh, a high-security prison in London, by Judge Deborah Taylor at Southwark Crown Court for a minor 7-year-old bail violation. The official offense? “Failing to surrender to custody – Offense of absconding by person released on bail” S6(1) Bail Act 1976 
        • Prosecutor was Special Crime Division (SCD) while Mark John Summers QC represented Julian
        • Submitted letter by Julian Assange: HERE

          Judge’s sentencing statement:



APRIL 2019

April 28, 2019

        • It’s reported that the U.S. warrant for Assange was never executed.
        • Note: I’ve never seen anyone explain why this is important. If you have a link, let me know and I’ll post it here.

April 27, 2019

April 25, 2019

        • UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci, visits Assange at Belmarsh. Outside of Assange’s attorneys, Cannataci is the first person to visit him at Belmarsh. 

April 24, 2019

        • Tweets from various accounts cause confusion as to whether or not Assange’s attorneys were being denied visits with their client.
        • WikiLeaks insider sends private communications claiming that the above tweets were a social media operation to influence Assange’s situation.  Makes dangerous claims about Assange for unknown reasons. 

April 18, 2019

        • The court heard that Assange agreed to stay in custody until his next hearing.
        • Note: Neither Assange nor his legal team attended the hearing which took place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. According to the DailyMail UK, prosecutor Barnaby Hone told District Judge Margot Coleman that Assange “consented to be remanded in custody and produced on 2 May.”

        • Plaintiff’s assistant requested that the Swedish rape investigation be resumed. The case has been handled by Deputy Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson at the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s Development Center Gothenburg.

April 11, 2019

        • Ecuador president Lenin Moreno revokes Assange’s political asylum and invites British authorities to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to arrest him.
        • U.S. government unseals an indictment for Assange

April 10, 2019

        • Assange’s attorney Jen Robinson and WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson hold a press conference announcing that Ecuador President Lenin Moreno had installed a large-scale spying operation in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
        • They also announce that WikiLeaks’ had been a victim to an extortion plot out of Spain.
Liked it? Take a second to support Jimmysllama on Patreon!