Hours before Julian Assange’s extradition order Wednesday, CN Live! speaks to his father John Shipton, brother Gabriel Shipton and Ben Lawrence, director of Ithaka. Watch the replay.
The extradition order of imprisoned WikiLeaks‘ publisher Julian Assange will be sent to U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday by Westminster Magistrate’s Court after the U.K. Supreme Court declined to hear Assange’s appeal of a High Court decision to allow the extradition to the United States to go ahead.
Assange faces 175 years in prison for publishing accurate information revealing prima facie evidence of war crimes by the United States. There is a human side to Assange’s story rarely seen.
It is revealed in the new film Ithaka by director Ben Lawrence. It tells the story of a father and a wife’s struggle to save their son and husband. The film follows Assange’s father, John Shipton, and his wife, Stella Assange, during the days of Assange’s extradition hearing in February and September 2020 and Shipton’s journeys to the United States and Europe to gain support for his son with governments and the public.
Shipton and Assange’s brother Gabriel Shipton joined CN Live! to discuss the film and their struggle to free Assange. With your hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria. Produced by Cathy Vogan.