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‘We Won Today… and We’ll Keep Winning’: Assange Extradition Trial Postponed Until September

If extradited and convicted, he could face up to 175 years for the “crime” of publishing information that the US did not want the public to know.

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The Julian Assange extradition trial has been postponed until at least September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 4, British District Judge Vanessa Baraitser agreed to postpone the trial and move it from Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court to another court.

“It’s going to take some negotiation to find a crown court that is open in September, in the current climate, and willing and available to take this hearing,’ Baraitser said.

She said that she will notify all parties when a court that can hear the case is determined. It is scheduled to take place over the course of three weeks. The judge warned that there may not be a court that can accommodate the trial during that time frame in London, and that it may end up being in another jurisdiction outside the city.

The trial was originally scheduled to take place in May, but has been delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Lawyers for Assange had complained that they have been unable to see him and prepare. Additionally, Assange would not be able to attend the hearing in person, which would make them unable to consult with their client during the proceedings.

Judge Baraitser, during a hearing on April 27, agreed that “remote attendance by the parties will not be appropriate.”

John Shipton, Assange’s father, called the postponed trial a victory, telling Sputnik News that “we won today. And, I guess, from now on we’ll keep on winning.”

“The September date suits us, suits me and suits the family so we can all come and attended the hearing. It’s a continuous hearing, so that’s much more suitable to the defence. So yeah, it’s a relief actually to have the date September 7th onwards,” Shipton added.

In February, Assange’s legal team alleged that the US government was involved in a plot to kill the WikiLeaks founder and make it look like an accident.

Assange’s attorney, Edward Fitzgerald, said that “there were conversations about whether there should be more extreme measures contemplated, such as kidnapping or poisoning Julian Assange in the embassy.”

The legal team explained that American spies were working with UC Global, the Spanish company that had been contracted by Ecuador to do the surveillance in the embassy under the guise of protecting Assange.

US Global’s owner, David Morales, had told his employees that he was going to work “for the dark side,” according to whistleblowers within the company.

“In fact, Mr Morales had indeed made a side agreement to provide information gathered about Mr Assange to the dark side – in other words, US intelligence agencies,” Fitzgerald told the court.

The “dark side,” it turned out, involved billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, who is also believed by many to be behind the hiring of John Bolton in the White House.

“Former employees who have been granted witness protection have testified that Morales traveled to the U.S. once or twice a month, carrying with him hard disks containing the recordings from inside the Ecuadoran embassy. According to these former employees, he repeatedly told them not to talk to Ecuadoran officials about the trips. Prosecutors, according to the NYT, contend that Morales passed the disks to security officials at Adelson’s casino, which served as a go-between for the CIA,” the American Conservative reports.

Morales has since been arrested in Spain for the scheme.

Assange’s legal team explained that he was so concerned about the constant surveillance that he began sleeping inside a tent in his bedroom.

According to the whistleblower who exposed the UC Global plot, “David (Morales) said the Americans were desperate and had even suggested more extreme measures could be applied against the guest to put an end to the situation,” Fitzgerald told the court. He added that they discussed that the embassy door could be left open to make a kidnapping look like it could have been “an accident”, adding “even the possibility of poisoning had been discussed,” the Daily Mail reports.

Assange is facing charges under the Espionage Act in the United States for his publication of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs. If extradited and convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 175 years for the “crime” of publishing material that the US government did not want the public to know.

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Twitter’s Comms Director — Kamala Harris’ Former Press Secretary — Says Platform Has Ordered Trump Campaign to Delete Tweet

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The communications director for Twitter, who happens to be Kamala Harris’ former press secretary, tweeted on Wednesday that the platform has required President Donald Trump’s campaign delete a tweet containing an interview with the president from their official account.

Communications Director Nick Pacilio wrote that “the original Tweet from @TeamTrump is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation, and we’ve required removal.”

The removal order comes after President Donald Trump quote tweeted their post, which was a video that they say contained “coronavirus misinformation.” During the interview, President Trump stated that kids are “almost immune” to Covid-19.

“The Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the tweet before they can tweet again,” Twitter said in a statement to USA TODAY.

Facebook has also removed the video, citing a similar reason.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook said in a statement.

The interview in question was with Fox & Friends and aired Wednesday morning.

When asked during the White House briefing later that day about his assertion, Trump said: “If you look at children, they are able to throw it off very easily and it’s an amazing thing, because some flus they don’t, they get very sick. … They seem to be able to handle it very well, and that’s according to every statistic.”

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VIDEOS: Black Lives Matter Mob Attacks White Woman’s Car in DC, Are Now Attempting to Dox Her

The ridiculous and petulant mob was crying to the police to arrest her after climbing on the hood of her car while others surrounded and banged on it.

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A mob of entitled Black Lives Matter brats attacked the car of a white woman trying to drive through DC’s Georgetown neighborhood on Saturday and are now trying to dox her.

The ridiculous and petulant mob was crying to the police to arrest her after climbing on the hood of her car while others surrounded and banged on it.

One of the members of the mob, Julia Clark, tweeted multiple videos of her group terrorizing the woman along with a rant about how they were some how in the right in this situation.

“Tonight @concernedofdc led a siren/noise pollution protest where we blocked off streets in Georgetown. The police presence was heavy. As we blocked off streets we demanded that people turn around. This was a minor inconvenience for this affluent white neighborhood,” Clark wrote. “As we blocked streets, certain drivers got annoyed and attempted to maneuver their way around us. This particular white woman tried to cut through a gas station. Me and a couple other protestors stood in front of her car and demanded she turn around. Instead she steps on the gas.”

Clark continued on to write that “finally cops come but instead of arresting this woman, or asking for her ID, registration, etc., they turn towards us and begin pushing us. We are BEGGING them to arrest this woman who just tried to run over protestors repeatedly.”

The absurd activist complained that police let the woman go home instead of arresting her, like they wanted.

“I am exhausted. My hands are shaking. I am angry. As the nation returns to complacency, we are still out here. We are still being killed. We are still being brutalized. For every second our nation forget about us we get angrier. WE DESERVE MORE. WE NEED MORE.”

Clark went on to call for the woman to be doxed, tweeting that “police didn’t do shit. They have never done shit. Will never do shit. And will never BE shit. Fuck the police. This is a hate crime. Find this woman.”

Despite calling for targeted harassment and doxing, Clark has not been suspended from Twitter.

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VIDEO: All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter Protesters Engage in Armed Standoff in Oregon

Dueling “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” protests in Eugene ended with eight arrests and massive property damage.

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A confrontation in Oregon culminated in guns being pulled by Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter protesters.

On Sunday, there were dueling “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” protests in Eugene, which ended with eight arrests and massive property damage.

The Black Lives Matter activists were out in solidarity with Portland rioters, who have been tearing apart their city for nearly 60 days straight. They were met by a patriotic counter protest.

The Register Guard reports that “things boiled over when a counter-protester tried to cross through the protester’s line, protesters pushed back and a physical fight ensued between the two groups.”

“Even before this, one counter protester had pulled out what appeared to be a Taser and used it on people in the crowd a little before 9 p.m.,” the report continued. “At one point a shot was fired into the air, and a University of Oregon Daily Emerald journalist also captured a short video showing a man in a truck and a protester clad in black pointing guns at each other.”

The shocking altercation was captured on video by Daily Emerald reporter C. Francis O’Leary.

The stand off ended without violence, but Black Lives Matter activists went on to destroy a large area nearby, vandalizing multiple businesses.

 

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