Press Releases

  • PRESS RELEASE: Julian Assange Files his Perfected Grounds of Appeal
    PRESS RELEASE Today, 26 August 2022, Julian Assange is filing his Perfected Grounds of Appeal before the High Court of Justice Administrative Court. The Respondents are the Government of the United States and the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Priti Patel. The Perfected Grounds of Appeal contain the arguments on which Julian Assange intends to challenge District Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s decision of 4 January 2021, and introduces significant new […]
  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, met with Assange’s wife
    25 August 2022 ENGLISH Today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, met with Julian Assange’s wife, Stella Assange, and Mr. Assange’s Spanish lawyers, Baltasar Garzón and Aitor Martínez, at the Palais Wilson in Geneva. At the meeting, the High Commissioner was informed about the human rights violations against Julian Assange, the risk to his life if he is extradited to the United States, and the implications for […]
  • Attorneys and Journalists Illegally Searched During Visits with Julian Assange Sue CIA and Michael Pompeo
    Press Conference Legal Filing
  • Statements on today’s decision of Patel’s approval to extradite Julian Assange
  • BREAKING: Extradition Statement: Patel approves extradition
    This is a dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy. Anyone in this country who cares about freedom of expression should be deeply ashamed that the Home Secretary has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, the country that plotted his assassination.Julian did nothing wrong. He has committed no crime and is not a criminal. He is a journalist and a publisher, and he is being […]
  • Letter from Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace laureate to UK Secretary of State Priti Patel
    The Rt. Hon Priti PatelSecretary of State for the Home Department2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF 19 May 2022 Dear Home Secretary, I am writing to you with deep concerns for the safety of Mr Julian Paul Assange who is facing extradition to the United States. I am writing to ask you to reject the US government’s extradition request of Mr Assange, a decision now under the responsibility of the Secretary of State. […]
  • Letter from Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace laureate
    URGENT A court in Great Britain ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. This decision leads to a death sentence for defending freedom of the press. We call on all media, journalists who fight for freedom to speak out and demand the freedom of Julian Assange who with civic courage, publishes US documents that violate human and peoples’ rights. Allowing Julian to be extradited is a threat to […]
  • UK Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in Assange extradition
    UK Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in Assange extradition. The case now moves to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to authorize the extradition. Julian Assange’s solicitors Birnberg Peirce statement on Supreme Court Decision: Assange application for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court UK Supreme Court order refusing #Assange permission to appeal
  • Assange-Pak NFT auction reaches more than $50 million
    9 February 2022 The much-anticipated auction of NFT collection ‘Censored’, a collaboration between political prisoner Julian Assange and renowned artist Pak reached more than $50 million today before the first part of the auction closed. The collection consists of two parts: an auction of a single artwork ‘Clock’ (1 of 1) and a separate pay-what-you-like Open Edition. The proceeds from the auctioned single artwork Clock will raise funds for Julian Assange’s […]
  • Assange-Pak NFT raises US $39 million ahead of auction today
    7 February 2022 The much-anticipated auction of NFT collection ‘Censored’, a collaboration between political prisoner Julian Assange and renowned artist Pak will launch today, the same day set by the UK Supreme Court for Julian Assange to file his appeal against US extradition. The collection consists of two parts: an auction of a single artwork ‘Clock’ (1 of 1) and a separate pay-what-you-like Open Edition. The proceeds from the auctioned single […]
  • ‘Censored’: Record-breaking artist Pak joins forces with Assange to make NFT history
    ‘Censored’ is a digital art collection created by NFT artist Pak in collaboration with imprisoned WikiLeaks-founder Julian Assange. The art collection titled ‘Censored’ will be unveiled shortly in time for the auction on February 7th. ‘Censored’ is shrouded in mystery and is set to make NFT history. Pak has dropped some hints with tweets about censorship and freedom. On January 5th, Pak’s Twitter account @muratpak tweeted “nine hundred ninety nine”, signifying […]
  • Stella Moris statement on Julian Assange’s Supreme Court appeal
    December 23, 2021 — This morning at 11:05 Julian Assange filed an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court the High Court’s ruling that he can be extradited to the US on three grounds. The High Court’s ruling in USA v Assange raises three points of law of general public importance that have an impact on the procedural and human rights safeguards of a wide range of other types […]
  • High Court decision “Grave miscarriage of justice,” says Julian Assange’s fiancée
    A UK court has overturned an earlier decision blocking the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States where he is accused of publishing true information revealing crimes committed by the US government in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and details of CIA torture and rendition. Julian Assange was not given permission to attend the appeal hearing in person. The prosecution against Julian Assange is an existential threat […]
  • US/UK: “Drop the charges, stop the extradition and free Julian Assange,” says Amnesty head
    26 October 2021 Ahead of the US appeal hearing on the extradition of Julian Assange Amnesty International’s Secretary General has called on US authorities to drop the charges against him and the UK authorities not to extradite him but release him immediately. The call by Agnès Callamard follows an investigation by Yahoo News revealing that US security services considered kidnapping or killing Julian Assange when he was resident in the Ecuadorian […]
  • Australian visitors to Assange demand answers
    Australian visitors to Assange have expressed concern to their government arising from recent reporting of surveillance or worse at the hands of the CIA and UK authorities, asking what their government knew about the efforts of their allies. c/o Felicity Ruby PO Box 5317 Cobargo, NSW 2550 Hon Scott Morrison MPPrime MinisterPO Box 6022Parliament HouseCanberra ACT 2600 Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs PO Box 6100 Parliament House […]
  • Icelandic Lawmakers call on the Biden Administration to Drop the Charges Against Julian Assange
    U.S. Embassy in IcelandEngjateigur 7105 ReykjavikIceland Statement from members of the Icelandic Parliament regarding the Prosecution of Julian Assange. We, undersigned, members of Parliament in Iceland, from across the political spectrum, urge the U.S. Government to drop the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and withdraw the extradition request against him in the UK. The “espionage” charges against Mr Assange are an attempt to criminalize investigative journalism and set a dangerous […]
  • Politicians globally call on US President Joe Biden to drop the prosecution against Julian Assange
    Politicians around the world are sending a message to US President Biden to drop the charges against Julian Assange ahead of his 50th birthday. Julian Assange, an unconvicted, remand prisoner who hasn’t been charged in Britain is spending 3rd birthday inside high-security Belmarsh prison despite winning his extradition case last January. A cross party group of UK parliamentarians took the opportunity of Biden’s visit during G7 summit in Cornwall and appealed […]
  • Richard Burgon MP will hand in a letter at Belmarsh prison about the ongoing refusal to allow a meeting with Assange
    28 June 2021 In an unprecedented move MP Richard Burgon will be handing in a cross-party letter to UK’s high-security Belmarsh prison on Tuesday 29 June to raise the prison and Justice Secretary’s ongoing refusal to allow a meeting with Julian Assange. A large cross party group of MPs have repeatedly raised their request to be briefed by Assange with the prison governor and the Justice Secretary without success. Now they […]
  • EDM 220 – Assange Meeting with Parliamentarians
    Please email your MP using our app to ask them to sign Early Day Motion 220. Motion Text: ‘That this House expresses its concern at the refusal of the UK Government and prison authorities to allow an online video meeting between Julian Assange and a cross-party group of British parliamentarians; notes that the request was first made in December 2020 in a letter signed by 17 British parliamentarians from four parties; […]
  • Julian Assange Extradition Verdict
    5 January 2020 In today’s latest Julian Assange extradition case hearing the presiding judge unexpectedly ruled against extradition on medical grounds. A bail application will be made at 10am on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at Westminster Magistrates Court. Given that Assange has now been discharged from extradition he could be re-united with his fiance and two young children after the bail hearing. Speaking outside the court today, Stella Moris, partner and […]
  • MEDIA ADVISORY – Julian Assange Extradition Case Decision
    03 January 2021 Julian Assange Extradition Case Decision Location: Court 2, The Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EHTime: 10:00Start Date: Monday 4th January 2021 Julian Assange will attend the Old Bailey on Monday 4th January 2021 when district judge Vanessa Baraitser rules on his extradition to the US. Assange faces 17 charges for receiving, possessing and disclosing classified documents related to the national defence, and one charge for computer misuse. It is […]
  • German Gov’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy Bärbel Kofler expresses concern over Assange
    31 December 2020 German Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Bärbel Kofler issues statement expressing concern over possible Assange extradition ahead of UK court ruling on Monday Bärbel Kofler, Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance of the German Federal Government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, issued a statement in which she expressed concern over a possible extradition of Julian Assange. “I am following the extradition […]
  • United Kingdom: UN expert calls for immediate release of Assange after 10 years of arbitrary detention
    Read the statement here
  • 161 former heads of state, prime ministers, and ministers demand Assange’s freedom
    London: September 21 2020 A remarkable international letter from 161 heads of state and former heads of state, and a raft of politicians and lawyers, has been released in support of Julian Assange. The letter argues that Julian Assange should not be prosecuted for his political opinions or his actions as a journalist and publisher. The signatories include José Luis Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain (2004- 2011), Alberto Fernández, President of […]
  • Julian Assange Defence Skeleton Arguments
  • Julian Assange’s partner calls for his release on eve of extradition hearing + In-depth Press Briefing
    06. 09. 2020 Julian Assange Extradition Hearing Press Briefing 2020 – English Julian Assange Extradition Hearing Press Briefing 2020 – Spanish Stella Moris, Julian Assange’s partner, has called for the WikiLeaks founder to be freed on the eve of the resumption of his extradition hearing at the Old Bailey. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s (Monday 7th September) court case she issued this statement: “Julian will be taken from his cell in Belmarsh […]
  • Call to action: PROTEST at the Old Bailey as Assange hearing starts
    04. 09. 2020 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be back in court for the final part of his extradition hearing this Monday (7 September 2020) at the Old Bailey in London. The protest outside the court will be addressed by Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, and Dame Vivienne Westwood among others. ‘This is the press freedom case of the 21st century’, said John Rees of the Don’t […]
  • Julian Assange’s partner launches crowdfund campaign to fight his extradition to United States
    20. 08. 2020 Assange faces 175 years in prison for “crime of journalism” The partner of Julian Assange has today launched an appeal to crowdfund his fight against the US Government’s bid to extradite him over WikiLeaks publications exposing war crimes and human rights abuses. WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange has been held at HMP Belmarsh Prison for the past 16 months, ahead of his extradition hearing in September. He […]
  • Lawyers and academics call on Government to end Julian Assange extradition
    17. 08. 2020 On the day of Julian Assange’s final administrative hearing before his substantive extradition hearings scheduled for 7 September, 152 legal experts and 15 lawyers’ associations have today written to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, accusing government authorities of violating “national and international law” in the Australian WikiLeaks founder’s case. The international group of legal practitioners, professors, judges, doctors of law and eminent jurists has called upon the UK […]
  • Chaos in Assange case management hearing
    14. 08. 2020 Attorney General William Barr issued a replacement extradition request just two days after Julian Assange’s defence team submitted their full and final evidence for the extradition hearing due in September, Westminster Magistrates court heard today (Friday 14th August). The clear attempt to blindside the defence by US Attorney General William Barr emerged as the court heard Julian Assange has not even seen the warmed-over extradition request, which contains […]
  • Barr’s re-issued extradition request puts Assange September hearing in jeopardy
    13. 08. 2020 US Attorney General William Barr has issued a replacement extradition request for Julian Assange. Assange was notified today, just three weeks before the full extradition hearing is scheduled to resume on 7th September. The hearing began in February and lasted one week. The reissued extradition request contains the same 18 charges and 175 year-sentence as before. 170 years relate to receiving and publishing the so-called Chelsea Manning leaks, […]
  • DoJ may attempt to delay Assange hearing past US election, warns Assange’s partner
    29. 07. 2020 In a series of tweets, Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris, who on Monday testified before the Spanish court Audiencia Nacional, wrote that she had spoken to Julian Assange and that she anticipates “the US will drop its existing extradition request and then re-arrest him on the very same 18 charges, under a different extradition request.” She added: “We don’t know if this means he’ll be brought to court […]
  • Quote from Kristinn Hrafnsson: 27.7.20 Westminster Magistrates’ Court Assange Hearing
    Westminster Magistrates’ CourtMonday 27th July 2020 Quote from WikiLeaks Editor-in-Cheif Kristinn Hrafnsson regarding the US prosecution’s new superseding indictment against Julian Assange. “What the US is doing is truly unprecedented. A new indictment is being introduced halfway into extradition proceedings, which have been a year in the making’ said Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. “The Assange extradition case started in February and was scheduled to resume in May, but was then […]
  • WikiLeaks, Afghan War Logs and Press Freedom
    25. July 2020 On the 10th year anniversary of the release of the Afghan War logs former soldier Joe Glenton, jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan, and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson discussed the effects of that war and the importance of the freedom of the press. Moderated by Labour MP Claudia Webbe. Afghan War logs reveal torture, evidence of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings that involve abundant and compelling […]
  • Assange to appear over video link at Monday 27 July hearing
    24. 07. 2020 Julian Assange is expected to appear over video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court’s hearing on Monday (27 July), despite medical advice that he risks contracting COVID-19. A lung infection combined with a pre-existing condition and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 had prevented him from attending recent hearings. For the past seventeen weeks, Julian Assange has not been able to meet with his lawyers to prepare his extradition […]
  • Commons motion asks MPs to oppose extradition of Julian Assange
    17. 07. 2020 MPs have tabled a Commons’ motion opposing the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This is yet another sign of cross parliamentary support. The Early Day Motion has been tabled by Richard Burgon, the former Shadow Justice Secretary, and is supported by Labour’s Diane Abbott, the former Shadow Home Secretary, Caroline Lucas from the Green Party, Liz Saville Roberts of Plaid Cymru, Kenny MacAskill from the SNP, and Gavin […]
  • Trade unionists back campaign to Free Assange
    16. 07. 2020 In Birmingham, Plymouth, and Newcastle trades councils have voted to join the campaign to halt the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States where he could face 175 years in jail. In recent weeks the three metropolitan trades councils, which are attended by delegates from all the local unions, have voted overwhelmingly to support Assange. Even in Plymouth where a similar motion was defeated last […]
  • The premiere of John Furse’s myth-busting new documentary ‘NOT IN OUR NAME: The Psychological Torture of Julian Assange’
    10. 07. 2020  “No-one should make any judgement about Julian Assange without watching this short and powerful film.”  (Peter Oborne, journalist and broadcaster) “This film is shocking, a real wake-up call. It should be watched by anyone concerned about human rights, the moral responsibilities of democratic states and the importance of justice for all individuals.”  (John McCarthy, author & broadcaster) “A powerful film that makes you think twice about Julian Assange.”  […]
  • 40+ Rights Groups Call on UK to Free Julian Assange
    03. 07. 2020 WikiLeaks publisher turns 49 in prison, facing U.S. extradition Dozens of press freedom, human rights, and privacy rights organizations across five continents have co-signed an open letter to the U.K. Government calling for the immediate release of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The publisher, who turns 49 years old today in HMP Belmarsh, is facing extradition to the United States where he has been indicted under the Espionage […]
  • Free speech and the Assange case
    30. June 2020 The right to free speech has always been as important to art as it is to politics. Perhaps that’s why so many performers, musicians and artists have spoken out in favour of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Joining us to discuss this issues the Assange case raises are internationally renowned musician Brian Eno, filmmaker Suzie Gilbert and comedian Alexei Sayle.
  • ‘We haven’t seen new indictment’ Assange’s lawyers tell court
    29. 06. 2020 The US government has failed to show its new indictment of Julian Assange either to his legal team or the Judge. This extraordinary fact emerged in Westminster magistrates court earlier today (Monday 29th June). Mark Sommers QC, acting for Assange, told the court he was ‘concerned that we are only hearing about this fresh indictment in the press’ and that neither he nor the court have been served with […]
  • Assange’s lawyers to respond to US superseding indictment at Monday’s court hearing
    28. 06. 2020 Julian Assange’s legal team will have their first chance to respond to the US Department of Justice’s superseding indictment in court this coming Monday, 29th June. The indictment, publicised last Wednesday night, has not yet been formally served on the defence. It comes over a year after the court’s deadline for serving an indictment on Julian Assange–14 June 2019. The new superseding indictment contains no new charges and […]
  • Assange’s partner makes a televised father’s day plea for his prison release
    21. 06. 2020 STELLA Moris, the fiancé of Julian Assange and mother of his two children, has made a heartfelt plea to the Australian Prime Minister to help secure his release from Belmarsh Prison so he can be reunited with his family. Speaking today (Sunday) in her first television interview, she revealed that she had made a direct appeal to father-of-two Scott Morrison, asking him to intervene so Assange can spend […]
  • Yet again Julian Assange and the press unable to attend court proceedings
    01. 06. 2020 Julian Assange was, once again, unable to attend his own proceedings on medical advice. He remains at high risk of contracting Covid-19 due to an underlying lung condition exacerbated by years of confinement recognised by the UK as arbitrary detention. The Judge failed to keep her undertaking to announce the venue for the remainder of the full extradition hearing starting September 7th The audio link for journalists was […]
  • Covid risk for Julian Assange at next court hearing
    28. 05. 2020 Julian Assange is due to appear in court by video link from Belmarsh prison next Monday, 1st June, just days after the Ministry of Justice admitted that Covid 19 is far more widespread in prisons than was previously announced. On doctor’s advice, Assange did not participate in the last two procedural hearings, as moving through the prison to use the communal video room would put him at even […]
  • Assange extradition hearing set to restart 7th September
    13. 05. 2020 The start date for the remainder of the Julian Assange extradition hearing has been set by Judge Vanessa Baraitser for 7th September. The long-awaited decision comes in the wake of a recent procedural hearing when defence and prosecution lawyers both told the court that the original date of the 18th May was unworkable. There is no location set for the hearing although Woolwich Crown Court, attached to Belmarsh […]
  • Assange Extradition Hearing Date to Be Set Tomorrow
    03. 05. 2020 Julian Assange’s interrupted procedural hearing will resume tomorrow, 4 May, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 10am. The video-linked proceedings will decide when his extradition case should restart. Judge Vanessa Baraitser previously held that the case should resume as scheduled on 18 May, in the court attached to Belmarsh prison in southeast London, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has spread into British prisons and puts Assange at grave […]
  • Assange court hearing scheduled for April 27th
    24. 04. 2020 Julian Assange’s lawyers will return to court on Monday to argue that his extradition trial should be postponed. The hearing is due to resume in the court attached to Belmarsh prison on 18 May. But Assange’s lawyers will argue that they have not had full and unfettered access to their client. The onset of the coronavirus crisis has reduced that already restricted access to unacceptably low levels. Julian […]
  • WikiLeaks makes new content available free to broadcasters and websites
    03. 04. 2020 Ten year anniversary of the “Collateral Murder” release   This Sunday, April 5th, marks the ten year anniversary of WikiLeaks publication of Collateral Murder, the video taken from the cockpit of two US Apache helicopters of the shooting dead of 2 Reuters journalists and 11 civilians on the streets of Baghdad. The release had a global political impact.   This package has been produced to mark the ten […]
  • WikiLeaks marks 10th anniversary of the ‘Collateral Murder’ video
    02. 04. 2020 The cockpit video of an Apache helicopter shooting journalists and Iraqi civilians became one of the greatest journalistic coups of this century when it was released 10 years ago. In this special online event we’ll be discussing the global political impact of that revelation, with a new video presentation that interviews the families of the Iraqis who lost their relatives in the attack. Hosted by Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign […]
  • Campaigners slam ‘dangerous and cruel judgement’ to expose Julian Assange to coronavirus
    25. 03. 2020 Judge Vanessa Baraitser brushed aside the advice about coronavirus from both of the Prison Officers Association and the Prison Advisory Service and told Julian Assange he would not be bailed on fears that he would contract the virus.  Assange’s lawyers argued that the virus can spread rapidly in Britain’s overcrowded prisons and that there are already 100 staff off sick with coronavirus symptoms at HMP Belmarsh, the high […]
  • Assange to apply for bail as experts warn of COVID-19 spread in prisons
    23. 03. 2020 On Wednesday, 25th of March, Julian Assange’s lawyers will make a bail application at Westminster Magistrates Court. They will argue that he is vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak in the prison where he is on remand.   The WikiLeaks founder and publisher is being held at HMP Belmarsh on a US extradition warrant for WikiLeaks’ 2010 publications about the Iraq and Afghan wars and US foreign policy. UN […]
  • Julian Assange must be released on fears of spread of coronavirus in prison
    17. 03. 2020 Julian Assange must be released before the coronavirus spreads through the prison population, the Don’t Extradite Assange campaign said today. Prison authorities are signalling that prison inmates will be especially vulnerable to the virus. There are already 113 prison staff and 75 prisoners in isolation because they have coronavirus symptoms. The President of the Prison Governors Association, Andrea Albutt, has said that prison conditions are a fertile breeding […]
  • WikiLeaks caused no harm admits US government
    24. 02. 2020 No physical harm has occurred to a single individual as a result of documents published by Wikileaks. That’s the startling admission made by the US government at the beginning of the Assange extradition trial. All that the US government QC, James Lewis, could muster was that there might be a ‘risk’ of harm…but no actual harm occurred. To try and bolster this flimsy claim the US government argued […]
  • Yanis Varoufakis visits Julian Assange 1 day before hearing, press conference
    22. 02. 2020 Most recognised economist Yanis Varoufakis to visit Julian Assange at Belmarsh prison, will hold a press conference after visit. On 23rd February, today’s most recognised economist Yanis Varoufakis will visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in prison, after his visit we will hold a press conference at Belmarsh prison. This visit will be the day before Assange’s full extradition hearing which begins on 24th February, also at Belmarsh.If Julian Assange is […]
  • Saturday Feb 22 Assange protest
    21. 02. 2020 Protests over the extradition of Julian Assange hit Parliament Square Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will join Greek MP Yanis Varoufakis to head a protest march to Parliament Square tomorrow. They will be joined in their call not to extradite Julian Assange by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, John Shipton (Julian Assange’s father), musician Brian Eno, rapper and activist Lowkey, Kristinn Hrafnsson from WikiLeaks, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Jennifer Robinson […]
  • National Union of Journalists (UK) issues resolution on Assange extradition case
    13/11/2019 National Union of Journalists issues resolution on Assange extradition case The union’s executive passed a comprehensive motion last Friday demanding that Assange should not be sent to the US where he could face 175 years for revealing information about the Iraq and Afghan wars. Assange has been held in Belmarsh prison since he was committed for extradition by then Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The union is now writing to the […]

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