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New conflict of interest evidence against UK judge in charge of Assange extradition process
Kevin Reed, WSWS, Feb 22 2020

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Information has come to light demonstrating that the chief magistrate overseeing the extradition proceedings against Julian Assange received financial benefits from organizations with close ties to the UK FC O prior to her appointment. According to a report on Friday in the South African-based Daily Maverick, ‘Lady’ Emma Arbuthnot attended, along with her husband ‘Lord’ Arbuthnot ‘of Edrom,’ all-expenses-paid secretive gatherings of the organizations Tertulias and Tatlidil in 2014 that included numerous UK foreign policy boxtops. ‘Lady’ Arbuthnot was appointed chief magistrate in Westminster in Oct 2016. Although as of Nov 2019, Arbuthnot is no longer formally presiding over the Assange extradition proceedings, she has refused to recuse herself and remains in a supervisory role overseeing the trial with her subordinate District Judge Vanessa Baraitser on the bench. According to the UK court rules, the chief magistrate is “responsible for supporting and guiding district judge colleagues.” The Daily Maverick report states:

Tertulias, an annual forum held for political and corporate leaders in the UK and Spain, is regarded by the UK FCO as one of its partnerships.

In attendance at the Tertulias conference in Bilbao, Spain in Oct 2014 was Conservative Party member Liz Truss, who is now UK Trade Secretary. The report says:

Liz Truss, then Justice Secretary, ‘advised’ the Queen to appoint ‘Lady’ Arbuthnot in Oct 2016.

The expenses of ‘Lady’ Arbuthnot at the Bilbao conference were covered by the Tertulias organization, since her husband, “a former Conservative defense minister with extensive links to the British military and intelligence community exposed by WikiLeaks,” was the chairman of the organization. ‘Lady’ Arbuthnot was also present with her husband at the British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum in Istanbul in Nov 2014. The Daily Maverick exp[lains:

Tatlidil (Turkish for “sweet talk”) is a forum established by the UK and Turkish governments for ‘high level’ individuals involved in politics and business.

Those present included Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The report states:

The UK delegation to the Tatlidil forum in Istanbul was led by ‘Prince’ Andrew, who also hosted the Tatlidil in Edinburgh the previous year. Then foreign minister Tobias Ellwood spoke at the forum, while former foreign secretary Jack Straw, who is a co-chair of Tatlidil, presided over one of the discussions. Erdoğan spoke at the meeting and reportedly called for the removal of Assad.

The report also states:

It is possible that ‘Lady’ Arbuthnot may not have attended the discussions, since there was a separate ‘spouses/partners programme’ involving local visits.

James and Emma Arbuthnot’s expenses of £2,426 for the trip were paid for by the organization. The Daily Maverick goes on to explain that the business offices of these two organizations, despite no obvious connection between them other than their connection to the UK FCO, are located at the same address. The report says:

Both Tertulias and Tatlidil had been managed by the same person living at the addresses given by parliamentarians. She told Declassified that Tertulias is ‘independent’ but ‘works closely’ with the FCO. When asked about the organisation’s funders or any personnel involved, including its current parliamentary chair, information was refused.

These revelations provide further evidence that the long series of legal attacks on Julian Assange leading up to the present effort to extradite him to Pindostan have been part of a coordinated international campaign by the ‘intelligence’ establishment against the WikiLeaks founder and journalist, in violation of his basic democratic rights. The very same people from the FCO with whom Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot had been hobnobbing before her appointment have made the most vociferous denunciations of Assange, calling him “a miserable little worm.” They refused to recognize his right to asylum in Ecuador, leaving him trapped inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years before British police dragged him out and arrested him last April. Arbuthnot repeatedly expressed animosity toward the WikiLeaks journalist in court and twisted the law to justify his continued persecution. This began with her first ruling in Feb 2018 against a motion by Assange’s defense team that his British arrest warrant be lifted on the grounds that the concocted Swedish allegations against him, on which the warrant was based, had been dropped. Arbuthnot also defied the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which found that Assange’s forced stay inside the Ecuadorian embassy was “arbitrary detention.” She ruled:

I give little weight to the views of the Working Group. I do not find that Mr Assange’s stay in the Embassy is inappropriate, unjust, unpredictable, unreasonable, unnecessary or disproportionate.

Last year, when the fact that her husband was a leading figure of British foreign policy was originally brought to light as a violation of the “Guide to Judicial Conduct” in England and Wales, Arbuthnot ignored calls for her recusal. Yet the activities of ‘Lord’ Arbuthnot and his associates at the defense contractor Thales and British intelligence were the subject of thousands of WikiLeaks exposures, making the conflict of interest that much more obvious. The role of the Arbuthnots in the persecution and imprisonment of Assange, and his extradition trial that is set to begin on Monday, is a critical indicator of the high-level conspiracy by powerful individuals in the British government, in cooperation with Faschingstein, to punish and destroy the WikiLeaks founder. The exposures published by WikiLeaks have dealt a devastating blow to the capitalist ruling elite by bringing the truth about imperialist and corporate crimes to the people of the world. The fight for the freedom of Julian Assange, who is guilty of nothing other than being a courageous journalist, must be taken up in every workplace, neighborhood and school.

Assange lawyers to argue Pindo extradition request is political
Tareq Haddad, Feb 20 2020

Julian Assange, the imprisoned journalist and publisher, appeared via video-link in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Feb 19. The Wikileaks founder, 48, has been incarcerated in Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh, a Category A maximum-security facility, since September after his political asylum was revoked by Ecuador and he was forcibly removed out of its embassy by British security forces. On Wednesday, he appeared to confirm his name and date of birth in a case-management hearing. Lawyers outlined the evidence they intend to present as his extradition proceedings set to commence at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday Feb 24. Assange’s lawyers said that they intend to present a statement regarding a meeting between the Wikileaks founder and former Pindo Congressman Dana Rohrabacher that took place in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2017. Edward Fitzgerald QC told the court that a statement from Jennifer Robinson, also an Assange barrister, showed that Rohrabacher was prepared to speak to Trump to arrange “a pardon or some other way out if Mr Assange said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.” District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said the evidence is admissible.

Those DNC leaks, a trove of emails released by Wikileaks in 2016, highlighted criminal behaviour by former Sec State Hillary Clinton and her chief of staff John Podesta. They also showed widespread collusion between her campaign and that of the management of the DNC in the run-up to the to Democratic primaries, a race which she went on to rig against Bernie Sanders. Following the Wikileaks release, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then head of the committee, lost her job and others were sacked, but the Demagog Party has yet to address the impropriety. Instead, they blamed Wikileaks for colluding with Russian hackers, a discredited and ongoing fabrication. Meanwhile, the Demagog Party has repeatedly colluded with security and intelligence officials in efforts to depose Trump, first with the Steele Dossier then with the Mueller investigation and lastly with the failed impeachment proceedings. All three were sold to highlight the president’s yet unproven collusion with Russians. By the time the Aug 2017 meeting with Rohrabacher took place, Assange had already publicly declared that the DNC emails had not come from Russia or any state actors. Additionally, the meeting took place several weeks after a technical memo prepared by so-called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) stated that the leaks had not come from a hack, but an internal leak. That fueled growing evidence that the source of the documents was in fact Seth Rich, a DNC staffer that was murdered a few months earlier.

Assange, whose publication receives highly sensitive information from governments and their military apparatuses, never identifies the sources of the documents he receives. Failure to protect their identities discourages future whistleblowers from providing public-interest information. In spite of this, Assange heightened the speculation that Rich was the source of the e-mails in a televised interview shortly after the VIPS memo was released. In an angry response to an accusation of “sitting on documents,” he blurted out that whistleblowers suffer greatly for providing Wikileaks with information before referencing the 27-year-old’s death. A number of close Assange associates have since confirmed to The Watchdog that Rich was in fact the source of the e-mails. They added that Rich’s death followed a number of similar occurrences for the Wikileaks organisation—both with their sources, but among their staff as well. For example, two of Assange’s closest friends and lawyers, Michael Ratner and John Jones QC, died in sudden and mysterious circumstances, they said. They added that others who have publicly supported Wikileaks have also been falsely smeared with fake allegations of sexual misconduct as Assange has. The Australian national became an antagonist of Pindo military interests after he released the Afghan war logs in 2010, a trove of documents that highlighted numerous war crimes and military incompetence. The NYT, Guardian and Spiegel, who jointly published the revelations alongside Wikileaks, were “unanimous in their belief that there is a justified public interest in the material.” Assange’s lawyers are expected to argue against his extradition on the grounds it is political. The case continues.

Roger Waters: Washington has decided they want Julian Assange killed!, Feb 22 2020

Going Underground Social Media Producer Farhaan Ahmed speaks to Richard Burgon MP, who is standing to be Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. He discusses the importance of Julian Assange, what his extradition could mean for press freedom in the UK and around the world, and why his extradition should be halted. Next, Roger Waters speaks to Afshin Rattansi about the persecution of Julian Assange ahead of the upcoming extradition trial. He discusses why he believes Faschingstein is seeking to imprison Assange for 175 years, the importance of his leaks, the regime change attempt in Venezuela and coup in Bolivia, and more!

Disgusting joke & mockery of the law, Roger Waters tells RT, Feb 22 2020

Julian Assange’s extradition to Pindostan would sound the death knell for both investigative journalism and the rule of law, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT ahead of a march organized in support of the WikiLeaks publisher. Waters will perform at the march on Saturday afternoon in London. With his extradition proceedings set to begin Monday, Assange faces 175 years in a Pindo cell under the Espionage Act for his work with WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of pages of classified government documents since its founding, including evidence of Pindo war crimes. Despite calls from Australian MPs for PM Johnson to block Assange’s extradition earlier this week, Waters said the PM is much too beholden to Faschingstein to follow through on the request. With the UK government intent to “feed him to the wolves,” Waters said Assange’s case has made a mockery of the law. He said:

If they extradite Julian and kill him in Pindostan, it is the death knell of jurisprudence in this country. It has nothing to do with the law. It’s not a legal proceeding at all. It’s a joke, and it’s disgusting! It makes me ashamed to be English! He’ll never receive anything close to a fair trial in Pindostan, and the British are already breaking the law to try to get him there. Julian Assange in Pindostan getting a fair trial? Zero chance! He didn’t commit any espionage. He reported on things that were going on. They happened to be war crimes. There’s an extradition treaty between the UK and Pindostan which has a number of articles, and the fourth article says that no extradition proceeding should even start if there is a political motivation to it. This isn’t political? Of course it is! He’s been in prison for seven years now, in the Ecuadorian Embassy and now in this maximum security place in Belmars. They’ve almost killed him. He’s really sick. Julian could hardly remember his own name. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we found even one iota of British bulldog in Boris Johnson, but unfortunately he is 100% Pindo poodle. I suspect he will stay in his kennel and do what he’s bloody well told by his masters across the Atlantic. Ultimately, the persecution of Julian Assange is a way of exerting authority so that nobody will report on anything that’s inconvenient to power ever again. Any reporting on wrongdoing by any armed forces anywhere in the world is a moral obligation and it’s a duty of the government to do something about it, not try and kill them!

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