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Britain adjourns Assange’s US extradition hearing until May

LONDON — A British court adjourned hearing a U.S. extradition request for imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday after four days that focused on whether or not his alleged crimes were political.

Woolwich Crown Court adjourned the hearing, which is expected to last several months, until a three-week session set to begin May 18. Two short procedural hearings are scheduled in late March and early April.

Assange’s lawyers argued that his extradition should be blocked under British law because Washington has pursued it with “political motives.” Lawyers for the U.S. government said he had broken “ordinary criminal laws.”

The U.S. Justice Department said it charged Australian citizen Assange, 48, with conspiring with former U.S. military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak a trove of classified material in 2010.

Much of Wednesday and Thursday was spent in legal arguments over a requirement for Assange to sit in court away from his lawyers, behind protective screens that his supporters called a “glass cage.”

“What we heard this week also confirmed our position, which is that we do believe he’s been targeted for his contributions to public interest reporting,” Rebecca Vincent of Paris-based Reporters sans Frontieres said following Thursday’s adjournment.

“The United States has no evidence that he created a serious and imminent risk for anyone, and the U.K. should not extradite him to be held on those charges,” Vincent said in a video statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To both the governments of the UK and US, a word, please; if the plan is to "encourage" Assange's death, either overtly, or covertly in the UK,this will make a martyr out of this guy internationally, for telling the truth, and embarrassing US and UK officials.

Please remember; so far, there has been nothing published by Wikileaks, which has been proven to be incorrect.

Is THIS the outcome you really want here?!?

His physical and mental state are fragile enough right now, according to the Doctors who have testified in his behalf, that he is in deep peril of dying.
End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange

When an article like this appears in the Lancet, not particularly known as the scientific world's mouthpiece for "yellow journalism", you have to know that this plan to silence Assange through death, has all eyes upon you right
now, and even if his death might be utterly through no fault of either the US or Brit Spymeisters, both governments will be blamed and disparaged, both and intensely, and for a very long time to come.

I would like to politely suggest that you collectively cool your jets on Assange, give him the ability to claim sanctuary in a third party country, and live out what is left of the rest of his life, undisturbed and unprovoked.

And then perhaps, if you are collectively able, please try not to do the exceedingly ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid kinds of things for which Wikileaks has consistently called both countries out.

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