Judges Named for Assange Appeal

Consortium News will be back inside the courtroom in London July 9-10 to cover Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition. Help us bring you news of his fate.

Royal Courts of Justice where Assange’s appeal will take place July 9-10 (Joe Lauria)

By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News

The judges in Julian Assange’s two-day appeal hearing on July 9-10 are the same who granted Assange a rare victory last month:  his right to appeal the Home Office’s extradition order to the United States. 

Justices Jeremy Johnson and Victoria Sharp granted Assange the right to appeal on only two of nine requested grounds, but they are significant:

1). his extradition was incompatible with his free speech rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights; and 2.) that he might be prejudiced because of his nationality (not being given 1st Amendment protection as a non-American).

However the denial of his rights in an American courtroom would go beyond the First Amendment to all of his U.S. constitutional rights, according to the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in USAID v. Alliance for Open Society International Inc., which says that a non-U.S. citizen acting outside the U.S. has no constitutional protections at all. 

The United States was unable to provide assurances that the European equivalent of his constitutional rights would be protected, required under British extradition law. That raises hopes for Assange in his appeal. 

Assange has been imprisoned in London’s notorious Belmarsh Prison for more than five years on remand pending the outcome of his extradition.  He has been charged in the United States for publishing classified documents that revealed prima facie evidence of U.S. state crimes.

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Joe Lauria is editor-in-chief of Consortium News and a former U.N. correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and other newspapers, including The Montreal Gazette, the London Daily Mail and The Star of Johannesburg. He was an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London, a financial reporter for Bloomberg News and began his professional work as a 19-year old stringer for The New York Times. He is the author of two books, A Political Odyssey, with Sen. Mike Gravel, foreword by Daniel Ellsberg; and How I Lost By Hillary Clinton, foreword by Julian Assange. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @unjoe  

13 comments for “Judges Named for Assange Appeal

  1. hetro
    June 16, 2024 at 18:57

    One possibility is that despite these same judges hearing the case all over again there is one possible difference that could lead to hope. Recall the speculation that having asked for assurances they were awakened and embarrassed by the stupid non-assurance given by the US. This perhaps could lead to a different outcome–a release from being extradited at all–if they will put aside politics and truly act as guardians of justice.

  2. Gary in Ottawa
    June 16, 2024 at 08:25

    Interesting comments on ‘Truth Telling’, Assange should not be there, etc.

    Assange is in prison because he cannot be allowed to talk about the summer of 2016, the DNC leak and of course, Seth Rich.

    There are several persons and entities that know the DNC files were an internal file transfer made by Mr. Rich and NOT an external hack by Russia, Russia, Russia.

    – Craig Murray
    -Ellen Ratner
    -Dana Rohrabacher
    -Kim Dotcom
    -Arron Rich

    All of the problems since the summer of 2016, including the entire duration of the Trump admin and the RussiaGate affair would never have happened if someone would tell the damn truth.

    There are fake truthtellers out there. There are weak truthtellers out there.

    Who is going to tell the world what really happened?

    Are the weak, fake truthtellers going to keep quiet until Trump can tell us in Jan., 2025?

    Risky plan, don’t you think?

    Telling the truth NOW will stop the Ukraine/Russia war. Dozens of corrupt people go to jail. Lawfare will be torn down.

    What are you people waiting for?

    Muriel Bowser and Donna Brazile were at the Washington hospital when Seth Rich arrived, still alive.

    They know as well. Make them talk.

    What in God’s green earth are you people waiting for? Someone tell the TRUTH?

  3. June 15, 2024 at 20:10

    Although the humanity shown here to save the man’s mortal body is commendable, I think we can all agree the message has been sent and received.
    Power will prevail, and truth is unimportant as it can be obscured.

  4. Elyse Gilbert
    June 15, 2024 at 07:13

    Thank you Joe for continuing to be the best source of accurate and legal information. This remains true to every facet of Julian’s case as well as all articles from you and Consortium News.

  5. bill
    June 15, 2024 at 04:22

    this is deeply deeply shameful for us in UK/please please let Right finally prevail

  6. CaseyG
    June 14, 2024 at 17:02

    Joe Biden—
    there is no reason for you to attempt to kill Julian Assange. He did nothing wrong, but I do clearly understand the lack of many in government who do not care about TRUTH TELLERS. That is a pity, because all that America is right now is a sad pretender to TRUTH.
    Between you and Trump, America has turned into a shadow of what it could be. So, if you want to leave a true legacy —— FREE JULIAN ASSANGE. We need at least one truth teller in America. We have all read his words and see what his intent is—-a way to make America a real nation, as it once was—but oh so long ago. Free
    Julian Assange—- and let America be the nation that can change the world for the betterment of all. –

  7. June 14, 2024 at 16:32

    Thank you CN for being one of a few reporting from the right side of the history. Life would be a misery without your voice.
    CN will stand tall in the future when asking “what did you write about Julian Assange , the wars and all hypocrisy
    when it happened in realtime?

    • Valerie
      June 15, 2024 at 03:36

      Very true claes.


  8. susan
    June 14, 2024 at 13:06

    Hopefully these Judges will do their due diligence and give Julian his freedom – he should never have been incarcerated in the first place – and the US government has no right keeping him detained for any reason! FREE ASSANGE!

  9. susan
    June 14, 2024 at 12:47

    I really like most of the people who comment on CN – thank your all for giving me hope! I wish that I could have some of you as friends…

    • Valerie
      June 15, 2024 at 03:35

      Me too susan. I am bereft of any intelligent discussion about all the main issues facing humanity, the planet and its flora and fauna. I hear so many people say they do not watch/listen/read any news. How selfish and self-centred.

  10. June 14, 2024 at 08:57

    Thank You Joe

    • JonT
      June 14, 2024 at 11:04

      Yes, thank you. Joe Lauria and CN: an organisation that that continues to be the go to place for up to date news and info regarding Julian Assange. FIVE years on remand. Unbelievable.

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