Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021
Well informed citizens for sustainable democracy
Add Your News
Britain’s Alexei Navalny: WikiLeaks founder Assange's fiancee calls his detention in Britain 'grotesque'
The fiancee of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Saturday (June 19) condemned his "grotesque" detention in Britain, after visiting him in jail for the first time in eight months.
Ms Stella Moris, 38, went to Belmarsh prison in south London on Saturday with the couple's two young sons. She said she had not seen Assange since he made a court appearance in January.
"The situation is utterly intolerable and grotesque, and it can't go on," Ms Moris said after the visit, describing Assange as "struggling".
The British authorities are "driving him to deep depression and into despair", she added.
Assange, 49, was arrested in Britain in 2019 for jumping bail after spending seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to evade extradition to Sweden and the US.
Ms Moris is a lawyer and worked on his legal team while he was in the embassy.
In January, a judge ruled not to extradite Assange on mental health grounds, but refused to release him on bail, citing fears he would abscond.
He is detained awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the extradition ruling.
Sweden dropped a rape investigation against Assange in 2019.
He is wanted in Washington to face 18 charges relating to the 2010 release by WikiLeaks of 500,000 secret files detailing aspects of military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
If convicted in the United States, he faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in jail.
Ms Moris said Saturday she "hoped" the family would stay in Britain if the appeal by US prosecutors is blocked.
She has visited Switzerland and along with the UN special rapporteur on torture and Geneva's mayor, called for Assange's immediate release.
43 days ago
Hard luck story …horrible man and only escaped rape charges by time limits. Odd how some women are drawn to prison inmates. Keep him locked up please
View all comments (1)
Miami Hours Away From Launching Its Own CityCoin – MiamiCoin
Miami is about to launch its own cryptocurrency called MiamiCoin, which will be used to fund infrastructure projects or events in the city.
Korea: Regulator to Shut Down 11 Crypto Exchanges, Deadline Closing In
According to local news, South Korea’s financial regulator will shut down 11 cryptocurrency exchanges allegedly engaged in fraudulent bank account schemes. At the same time, the...
Apple ranks as world's most profitable company: Report
Apple is the most profitable company in the world, according to the Fortune Global 500 list for the 2020 fiscal year.
British military chiefs criticise China and Russia for 'reckless' behaviour in space
The two commanders also left open the possibility that the UK could develop its own weapons to defend assets in space for the first time.
Afterpay: Jack Dorsey's Square in Australia's biggest buyout
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's digital payments platform Square has agreed to take over the Australian 'buy now, pay later' firm Afterpay.
Cryptocurrency crime in Hong Kong hits record levels, with one victim losing HK$124mil to fraudsters
Police say trend is down to more people staying home and going online amid Covid-19 pandemic. Crimes involving the digital currency tend to fall into categories such as money la...
Zoom settles US class action privacy lawsuit for $86m
Video-conferencing firm Zoom has agreed to pay $86m (£61.9m) to settle a class action privacy lawsuit in the US.
US Vows "Collective Response" Against Iran For Deadly Tanker Attack
US and Israel have both said that their intelligence concluded that an Iranian drone on Thursday attacked the tanker MT Mercer Street as it sailed off Oman.
Sky News Australia barred for week by YouTube over Covid misinformation
YouTube has barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for a week, saying it had breached rules on spreading Covid-19 misinformation.
Elon Musk: 'I don't want to be CEO of anything'
Elon Musk reiterated on Friday that he doesn't want to be Space X or Tesla boss. What's going on?
Facebook, Google expect jabs for office return
Big tech firms are altering their return-to-work plans for employees, as Covid-19 cases rise in the US - with some stipulating that staff working in the office must be vaccinated.
Subscribe also to our WhatsApp channel:
Add Your News