POLITICS & FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

‘This is Not Normal’: Human Rights, Press Freedom Advocates Denied Remote Access to Assange Hearing

The WikiLeaks founder, who exposed U.S. war crimes, faces up to 175 years in prison if the U.K. agrees to extradite Assange.

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Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange protest outside London’s Old Bailey court as his fight against extradition to the U.S. has resumed, on September 7, 2020, in London, England. Assange has been in Belmarsh Prison for 16 months and is wanted over the publication of classified documents in 2010 and 2011. If convicted in the US, he faces a possible penalty of 175 years in jail. (Photo: Richard Baker/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Assange is accused of 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of violating a computer crime law that, as alleged in the indictment, is also an Espionage Act offense.

The trial portion of Assange’s extradition hearing in London began on September 7 at the Old Bailey Courthouse. It is expected to unfold over the next three to four weeks.

Journalist. Finding my way. Sort of.

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