A Travesty of Injustice

'I have been isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself. . . I am defenseless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life. '

- Julian Assange's letter to independent journalist Gordon Dimmack

'Mr Assange has complained that he is unable to hear properly what is being said at his trial, and that because he is locked in a glass cage is prevented from communicating freely with his lawyers during the proceedings . . .’ - IBAHRI Co-Chair, Anne Ramberg Dr jur hc

Systematic torture

'Julian Assange has been intentionally psychologically tortured by Sweden, Britain, Ecuador and the U.S.' - Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

'Why is a man who is neither dangerous nor violent held in solitary confinement for several months* when UN standards legally prohibit solitary confinement for periods extending beyond 15 days? ' (*currently over two years)

'Julian Assange's 'Torture' Has 'Intensified' and Must Be Stopped.' - Lancet Medical Journal

US intelligence implicated in plot to kidnap and poison Assange

A Yahoo News investigation based on conversations with more than 30 former U.S. officials reported that 'Discussions over kidnapping or killing Assange occurred “at the highest levels” of the Trump administration.' Yahoo! News

'Plans to poison or kidnap Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy were discussed between sources in US intelligence and a private security firm. . . ' The Guardian

US key witness admits to fabricating accusations

Sigurdur Thordarson was used as the star witness by the US DoJ despite Thordarson having a 'documented history with sociopathy . . .and wide-ranging financial fraud'. Thordarson has admitted that he fabricated his testimony against Assange in a deal with the US DoJ who granted immunity for his crimes. - Stundin

The C.I.A. spied on all Assange's privileged conversations with his lawyers

'The CIA, illegally recorded all his actions and conversations, including with his lawyers, and streamed them back in real time to the CIA . . . . The case against Assange should be dismissed . . . ' - The Hill

The director of the security company charged with spying on Assange for the C.I.A. worked for Sheldon Addelson Donald Trump's largest campaign donor - The Gray Zone

Conflicts of interest of Judge

Lady Emma Arbuthnot's husband is a former Conservative defence minister with strong links to the British military and intelligence establishment and was involved in an anti-Assange lobby group. - Declassified UK

Arbuthnot's son is involved with an anti-whitsleblower company created by the UK intelligence establishment and staffed by US intelligence officials behind the US extradition. - Declassified UK

7 Years of Arbitrary Detention in Ecuadorian Embassy

In December 2015, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) found that 'Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland . . . Mr. Assange is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation. ' - United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Deluge of charges strategy

'Stratfor, a security consultancy that works for the U.S. government, advised American officials apparently to deluge Assange with all kinds of criminal cases for the next 25 years. ' Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Source: https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/10/1056763_re-discussion-assange-arrested-.html

Swedish authorities 'manipulated evidence'

'While still in the police station, (SW) wrote a text message to a friend saying that she didn’t want to incriminate Assange. . . but the police were apparently interested in "getting their hands on him". '

'(A) statement was edited without the involvement of the woman in question and it wasn’t signed by her. It is a manipulated piece of evidence out of which the Swedish authorities then constructed a story of rape. ' - Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Arrest from Ecuadorian embassy was illegal and tied to a $4.2 billion dollar loan

‘It was the first time in history a government had allowed a foreign law enforcement agency to enter its sovereign territory to arrest one of its citizens.’ - The Gray Zone

In March 2019 Ecuador's new president Lenin Moreno secured a $4.2 billion loan from IMF which required US approval. 'The arrest of Assange is part of Lenin Moreno’s agreement with the IMF. ' - F
ormer Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ricardo Patiño

Show trial and mistreatment

Julian was 'woken up, every day, at 5 am and, naked and handcuffed, subjected to humiliating inspections and x-rays . . . before being put in a glass cage for the rest of the day. To communicate with his lawyers, Julian had to get on his knees to talk to them through a slit in the cage. ’ - Fidel Narváez, Ecuadorian diplomat

'I have sat in many courts and seldom known such a corruption of due process — this is due revenge. ' - John, Pilger, award-winning Journalist

'If the outside was a carnival, the inside of the court soon became a circus. ' - Stefan Simanowitz, Amnesty International

'Everything about these proceedings . . . seems to confirm . . . this is trial by intimidation. ' Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald

Monitoring of trial by NGOs denied

'About 40 people, including representatives of non-governmental organisation (NGOs) and international political observers, were told they had been denied remote access to the court on the first day of the hearing. ' - Computer Weekly

'Amnesty International have monitored trials from Guantanamo Bay to Bahrain, Ecuador to Turkey. For our observer to be denied access profoundly undermines open justice' - Stefan Simanowitz, Amnesty International

Denied access to his lawyers and the ability to prepare his defense

'To have three hours with your lawyers when you're facing 175 years in prison (in the US) is not acceptable. ' Canberra Times

'After the court deadline, the prosecution filed over 100,000 pages of dense legal documents, yet he’s not allowed to access them all. . . When in court, he’s not allowed to sit next to his lawyer or privately communicate with them. . . Even war criminals accused of genocide on trial at the International Criminal Court can sit down and communicate privately with their lawyers. ' Julian Hill, Australian Minister

'He has not been granted a single meeting (with his lawyers) since the lockdown in March . . . He only received a computer after a year in prison . . . (and) they have glued down the keys of the keyboard so he can’t write. ' Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture