Did Belmarsh Irretrievably Show Its Hand By Not Allowing Assange Ample Time to See His Lawyers

In an extremely intelligent move yesterday on the part of Assange’s lawyers, they were able to have court adjourned because they needed him to sign papers due to not having ample time with their client. Apparently, Belmarsh has denied them access to their client repeatedly.

According to WSWS (link seen here):

It was revealed that, since his last hearing on December 19, Assange had been granted just two hours total to review that evidence with his legal team. What is being conducted in the British courts is not a trial but a legal farce, designed to cover up the lawless rendition of a political prisoner to a country that brazenly assassinates political opponents.
On Belmarsh prison’s continued refusal to allow Assange sufficient time to review his case with his lawyers, Peirce said, “We have pushed Belmarsh in every way” and indicated that the legal team were seriously considering launching a judicial review—”it is a breach of a defendant’s rights.”

His lawyer pointed out:
“The idea that somebody doesn’t have access to their lawyers when they’re facing a life sentence, when they have 175 years [of imprisonment] ahead of them, when the prosecution has had 10 years to mount the hardest case that they have with unlimited resources, and for somebody to have three hours with their lawyers in order to sign off on their future, it’s unacceptable.

With this blow to the U.K.’s treatment of Assange, his present prisons conditions and the fact that the CIA was spying on him through a Spanish security agency, if justice is served, Assange should easily go free. However, so far the U.K. has only shown blatant disregard for free press and true justice.

What is being conducted in U.K. court currently is not only an illegal farce but a circus to entertain those who oppose him. It is nothing but a show trial to send him to a country that illegally assassinates those they consider political enemies. In all likelihood, along with Assange, free speech will be martyred.

This is not a crime against one human but a crime against humanity!

Assange Seems to Have Found A Little Hope in Court today

After Judge Baraister realized how little time Belmarsh was allowing his lawyers to see him, she decided to allow him time with them today and on Thursday. It seems to have effected Assange in a positive manner. (See pics below).

Comparison photo below:

Also, Nils Melzer, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on torture, in recent tweets made the following statement:

#SRTorture to @foreignoffice: “The conduct of the UK Govt in the #Assange case severely undermines the credibility of the UK’s commitment to the prohibition of torture & ill-treatment, as well as to the rule of law more generally”

@foreignoffice: “UK does not participate in, solicit or condone torture”

Yet: Despite @UKParliament & #SRTorture appeals (https://t.co/ddaBHL3QtX) Govt refuses to prosecute those responsible for UK involvement in CIA torture & rendition 2001-10. @foreignoffice: “We take allegations of torture very seriously & investigate allegations against UK personnel”

Yet: UK Govt flatly refuses to discuss & investigate #SRTorture findings regarding the #torture of #Assange . @foreignoffice: “Journalism is not a crime!” (https://t.co/a97EAUOIeC).

Yet: The UK Govt arbitrarily detains, abuses & plans to extradite #Assange to the US under ‘espionage’ charges for publishing evidence of war crimes & corruption.

@foreignoffice: “The UK has a close working relationship with UN bodies & supports the important work of the #SRTorture”

Yet: Throughout 2019 the UKGovt has consistently ignored ALL allegations, concerns & recommendations submitted by #SRTorture.

@foreignoffice: “The UK is committed to the rule of law”

Yet: No branch of Govt seems to see any problem with #Assange’s most basic due process rights being consistently & blatantly violated by the UK

#SRTorture to @foreignoffice: “It is high time to quit talking the talk & start walking the walk!”

The U.K. has repeatedly ignored the U.N.’s repeated requests to free Assange. They ignore international law and human rights by their treatment of Julian Assange. As Nils said, “Its time to walk the walk.”

Letter From HM Prison and Probation Service Regarding Treatment of Assange

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Recently I sent an email to the UK Prison service describing my concern over Julian Assange’s treatment in their prison.  I have attached this letter below:

letter to Rob Davis

Now keep in mind, I have sent a larger letter in the past.  Once again, their response is concerning.

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So to my understanding, the UK does not consider 23 hours in a cell without reasonable contact with other humans solitary confinement?  Since when?  The definition of solitary confinement according to ncchc,org is:

Solitary confinement is the housing of an adult or juvenile with minimal to rare meaningful contact with other individuals. … Regardless of the term used, an individual who is deprived of meaningful contact with others is considered to be in solitary confinement.

In my return reply, I am going to add this definition and ask what exactly it means to be in a cell 23 hours a day without meaning contact in their definition.

The second issue they supposedly address in this letter is that it is not their responsibility to address his health issues.  So, we have learned it’s not the judge’s nor is it the Prison Services.  They basically tell you to contact the NHS England and Welsh department at gov.uk.  It seems no one there really take responsibility for anything except making sure their incarcerated are miserable.

Thirdly, this reply speaks of giving each individual 30 minutes in the library a week.  I hope you caught that.  30 minutes a week.  30 minutes. A week.  No one could properly prepare their defense in that amount of time.  No one.  Not even a genius like Julian Assange could prepare their defense in 30 minutes a week.  It absolutely astounds me.

Fourth, I want to point out that  he is in remand.  Remand is to imprison an individual until they go to trial.  This person is usually put in a lower security prison as they have not been to court yet.  They usually can wear their own clothes, (Julian’s clothes were taken by the Ecuadorian government and given to the U.S. as evidence, of what I don’t know). Usually, they get more visit time and more access to phones and the internet.  This isn’t so with Julian Assange.  He only got one call for Christmas.  He gets two 30 minute visits a week.  (By the way, 1 hour a week with visitors is not meaningful contact.

This letter baffles me and makes me wonder just what the U.K. thinks is justice and law and order.  Looking at the conditions Julian Assange is enduring also takes me aback as to what would happen to someone who isn’t as famous as him in British custody.  Also by sharing this letter, according to them, I am in violation of their copyright orders and:

Official/Official Sensitive/Secret/Top Secret

This e-mail is confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual to whom is is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error please contact the sender. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of HMPPS. Although this e-mail and any attachments are believed to be free of any virus or other defects which might affect any computer or IT system into which they are received, no responsibility is accepted by HMPPS, or its service providers, for any loss or damage arising in any way from the receipt or use thereof.

So I guess I am going to jail for sharing.

 

Who Really Is Responsible For the Incarceration and Torture Of Julian Assange

“There is no justice in a world run by corruption.” – Julian Assange

A lot of people point fingers over who is responsible for this travesty of justice. The fact is, there are a number of groups involved on both sides. However, the ones who actually pushed to have Julian Assange evicted with force and an IMF loan from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and reopened the case might surprise some.

We all know that the secret grand jury against Wikileaks was originally opened years ago after the release of Collateral murder and Cablegate. It sat idle until 2017 shortly after #Vault7 was published by Wikileaks and Julian Assange. #Vault7 and 8 further exposed the CIA’s spying on American citizens. Shortly thereafter, Jeff Session who was then Attorney General reopened the case.

In my article, “Who Was Really Behind the Silencing of Julian Assange?”seen here, I put together a link between the Trump administration and the ferocity of the desire of this administration in getting Assange.

In April of 2017, the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions stated it was a priority to arrest Assange as seen here . Mike Pompeo, Trump’s Secretary of State, who was CIA director at the time made this statement as seen here :

“WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” Mr. Pompeo said.

But Mr. Pompeo’s harshest words were reserved for Julian Assange, calling the WikiLeaks founder a “narcissist” and “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.”

Some say Trump will eventually pardon the Wikileaks founder. In my firm opinion, based on statements made by Trump himself, he never will free Assange. Here’s why I believe this.

President Trump gave Jeff Sessions the go ahead regarding the arrest of Julian Assange as well as seen here.

The US President performed a U-turn saying “it’s ok with me” if is arrested after praising WikiLeaks during his election campaign.

Also:

(link ) Here, as a business man, Donald Trump makes the statement:

“I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like death penalty or something,” Trump said during the quick exchange.

In a statement made shortly after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, then press secretary for Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, made this statement (you can find link here from NBC news):

“Look, clearly the president was making a joke during the 2016 campaign,” Sanders told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace about Trump’s past praise for WikiLeaks. “Certainly we take this serious.”

In April 2019, Trump stated the following when asked about Julian Assange in an interview seen in USA today (link):

“I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “It’s not my thing.”

Trump said he didn’t know anything about Assange’s arrest and said what happens next is up to the attorney general.

“I know nothing really about it — it’s not my deal in life,” he said.

Funny how he loved Wikileaks prior to his election in 2016 when Assange was exposing the criminal activity of his rival, Hillary Clinton. It seems Trump flip flops when it serves his purpose.

Furthermore, both Pence and Pompeo met with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno to discuss Assange prior to his eviction in 2017. Almost immediately after Assange was arrested, Moreno came to the US to receive the bribe money in the form of a 5.6 billion dollar IMF loan.

I supply these facts, so you can make your own decision. You decide. However the facts clearly show who is responsible for the violation of human rights, the torture and the arrest of a hero, Julian Assange.

Author’s Note: This one was a really hard one to write as I voted Trump and I have a great deal of guilt.

Amidst Another Award for Courage, Doctors Still Worried About Assange’s Health

News broke today that Julian Assange won yet another award for his courage and speaking out for the rights of others. The Catalan Dignity Commission honored him with its 2019 Dignity Prize for raising awareness of the victimization of Catalans in October of 2017. Julian Assange is still being held in remand in the UK at Belmarsh prison awaiting his extradition trial to the United States. Under lock and key and held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, doctors continue to raise their concens over Assange’s deteriorating health.

The psychological stress caused by torturous conditions and fear of extradition have further deteriorated Julian’s well being. There were already health issues after 7 years of being detained in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. Incarceration has only exasperated the process of his disintegrating health.

Concerns were raised as early as May by UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, that Julian had all the symptoms of a prolonged torture victim. According to the Nelson Mandela Act, any solitary confinement over 15 days is considered torture. Assange has spent well over 200 days locked up in complete isolation without any meaningful human contact.

According to Better health, link seen here:

People who have been tortured can have a range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Shaking or trembling muscles
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Sexual problems
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Wikipedia states the following here:

Solitary confinement has been reported to cause hypertension, headaches and migraines, profuse sweating, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Many inmates also experience extreme weight loss due to digestion complications and abdominal pain. Many of these symptoms are due to the intense anxiety and sensory deprivation.

Studies have shown higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and an inability to have healthy relationships afterwards. It is a proven fact that lonely people are more prone to certain physical ailments including high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and are more prone to infection. Mentally it has been reported to play with your sense of time, cause hallucinations, and paranoia. Many completely isolated individuals who had no meaningful human contact lost track of reality all together as studies have shown.

Imagine living your life in a box the size of a parking space. You eat there, sleep there, exercise there and defecate there. Some have no windows in their cells. There is a reason that prisoners call it being put in “the hole.”

Recently news.com.au released this:

Last year more than 100 doctors from around the world put the Morrison government on notice that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s health is deteriorating so rapidly, he might die in jail.

The doctors are concerned that the psychological stress he has been under – which is akin to psychological torture is manifesting in physical ailments and he could suffer a stroke, cardiac arrest or other fatal health problem at any time.

Simply put, Assange’solitary confinement is pure evil, cruel and unethical not to mention illegal. Yet the U.K. claims they are doing it to protect him. If that is protection, I would prefer to take my chances. Outside exercise takes place in a cage with nothing but cement underfoot. Visits are limited to 2 per week, a half hour each and any touching is most likely prohibited.

Julian Assange is dying in prison. Ultimately, he will suffer long term effects from the torture he is receiving. A true hero is being slowly annihilated.

Rise up. Stand up. Fight this.

Evil is that which kills the spirit, silences the soul and breaks the heart. ~Angel Fox

The Evil Within: Belmarsh Prison, Its Governor and Julian Assange

This might be a long one folks.

In recent news, a disabled prisoner within Belmarsh was found dead. This was the 3rd incarcerated individual this year who has died in Belmarsh . According to the article in the Guardian seen here:

Liridon Saliuka, 29, died after a dispute over whether he should be classified as disabled.
Liridon Saliuka, who was born in Kosovo and held a British passport, was found reportedly unresponsive in house block 4 of the high-security prison in the early evening of 2 January.
He was the third prisoner to have died in Belmarsh within the past year. Another inmate was found dead there in November.

His sister Dina stated the following from above article:

“They didn’t let him make a phone call from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day when I saw him,” Dita said. “My brother said people who committed suicide were weak and selfish. I heard from others there had been an altercation that day. He was being bullied.

“I called the prison repeatedly to [to raise concerns about his disability] but no one came back to me. He was moved on New Year’s Eve, and he said he had been sleeping on the floor because the mattress was so uncomfortable.

“He was on remand. Now my brother will never be able to clear his name in court.”

His sister also tweeted the following which is not covered in the article by the Guardian.

Rob Davis, who is the governor of Belmarsh has a history of prisoners dying under his eye. While prison warden (or as known in the U.K. prison governor), Mr. Davis had 17 inmates commit suicide at Woodhill jail while warden. 12 deaths occurred in one year. (See article here from miltonkeynes for full details).

Julian Assange is also being held in remand at Belmarsh and statement to friends is that he is dying. We cannot let this happen to an innocent journalist.

At a visit with Assange, Pamela Anderson was threatened by the warden according to an article at Sputnik seen here:

“The warden made it very clear to me, that if I were going to be a problem – he’d make problems for Julian. It was a direct threat,” the actress reportedly said.

What the problem Pamela could cause he was speaking of was never made clear by the warden nor what kind of problems he intended on giving Assange. Though Julian’s 23 hour solitary confinement and hot box treatment might be it. This threat is very enlightening as to how Rob Davis feels about prisoners under his watch however.

How long will it be before Assange is suicided? Belmarsh continues to torture a man who already served his sentence for bail jumping and is presumed innocent until proven guilty of the 18 indictments awaiting him in the United States. Julian Assange is being slowly murdered by the British justice system while people sit back and watch.

When will folks stand up for justice and their own rights? Do we have to lose a innovator of journalism, a truth teller and a human rights advocate to understand what is really taking place here?

Why isn’t the U.S. going after the New York Times and the Guardian who helped release the same documents Assange released through Wikileaks? The Guardian also released the revelations from Edward Snowden. Why are they being protected?

No man who has not yet stood trial should be held in a high security prison known as Britain’s Gitmo. According to my article, “Belmarsh: Where They Are Keeping Assange” seen here:

According to wikipedia seen here:

In November 2009, an inspection report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisonscriticised the “extremely high” amount of force used to control inmates at the prison.[5] The report also stated that an unusually high number of prisoners had reported being intimidated or victimised by staff at Belmarsh.”

Belmarsh also known as Hellmarsh is known as a Category A prison.

Category A: Category A prisons are high security prisons, holding those individuals considered the most threatening to the public should they escape. Category A prisons should not be overcrowded, given the high levels of security required.

By putting Assange in such a prison, it is obvious the U.K. and the U.S. intend to martyr him for speaking the truth. Julian Assange is a gentle, kind man who is a non-violent individual. Exposure to such torture and extreme conditions alone would certainly aid in deteriorating his already tormented soul.

The U.S. simply wants vengeance because their criminal acts of war have been exposed for what they are. Wikileaks showed the world the truth, yet no one else who published these facts have so much as been slapped on the hand.

Don’t let this happen to you fellow journalists and citizens of the world. For Assange sets a precedent for the future of free speech and free press. Today it is Julian, tomorrow it is the world.

No Explanation From Belmarsh or Court on Injuries Sustained By Assange While in Prison

After hearing from Vaughn Smith about Julian Assange’s slurred Christmas call and the statement he made that he is dying, the question still remains about his obvious sustained psychological as well as physical injuries while incarcerated.

The last time he appeared in court, he walked with a limp which he did not have six months ago. Obviously being sedated, Assange’s health has grown continuously worse as he remains behind bars in the highest security prison in the UK. He is currently on remand awaiting his extradition hearing. He spends 23 hours in solitary confinement a day. Why such serious detainment?

According to the UN Special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer :

“UN Standard Minimum Rules 43&44:
“Solitary confinement”: 22 or more hrs/day without meaningful human contact.
If “prolonged” (15+ consecutive days) it amounts to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment & is always prohibited!”

Assange has been in solitary confinement for much of his time in Belmarsh since April 12th for first, a simple bail violation and now for awaiting his extradition trial. This is clearly a violation of his human rights!

In a Twitter thread Nils Melzer also shared the following:

(1/6) Just out: My letter to the #UK Govt of 29 Oct 2019, detailing serious due process violations, expressing alarm at #Assange’s detention conditions & health, reiterating my queries & calling for his prompt release. Direct link: https://t.co/mqDEFuYowZ?amp=1 (60 days & no response)

(2/6) My official findings, supported by medical experts, unquestionably provide “reasonable ground to believe” that UK officials contributed to #Assange’s psychological torture or ill-treatment, whether through perpetration, attempt, complicity or other forms of participation.

(3/6) Under the Convention against Torture, the UK Govt does not have the political discretion to simply reject such findings, but must conduct a prompt & impartial investigation and, if confirmed, prosecute the perpetrators and provide redress & rehabilitation to Mr. Assange.

(4/6) In my view, recurring & serious due process violations in the UK have rendered both #Assange’s criminal conviction/sentencing for bail violation & US extradition trial inherently arbitrary, to the point of making any legal remedies a pointless formality devoid of prospect.

(5/6) The resulting anxiety, stress & hopelessness have significantly contributed to & are currently the primary cause for #Assange’s continued exposure to psychological torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

(6/6) I therefore strongly recommend that the UK Government retract their authorization for Mr. Assange’s extradition to the United States and proceed to releasing him from prison without further delay.

Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the British State, not of Mr #Assange or his defense counsel, to ensure legal proceedings will be conducted in good faith, by independent impartial judicial magistrates & in full compliance with domestic & international law.

There is no justice in sight in this case. Assange continues to slowly be martyred by the state in an act of vengeance. How long can he sustain the torture inflicted upon him? What must it take to free him? How long before people realize they are just as guilty as his oppressors in their complacency?