Published: February 29, 2020 | 7 min read, 1387 words
Defendants in the United States sit with their counsel. They are not held in a “secure dock” in a manner that physically removes them from proceedings. Yet, in the United Kingdom, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S., a magistrate court judge decided he must remain isolated in a glass box at the back of the courtroom. The first proceedings in Assange’s extradition hearing concluded on Thursday at the Woolwich courthouse in London, which is adjacent to Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh where Assange is detained. Assange is charged with 17 counts of violating... READ MORE
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March 2, 2020
Well written article on an important subject. Assange has been subjected to a sustained campaign of character assassination and persecution. His treatment in the courtroom is just the latest assault on him by the British state.
March 4, 2020
Overall, a fantastic bit of context on Assange's defense and ongoing trial. My only criticism is that I wish author Kevin Gosztola provided a source to go along with this statement: "What is said may be overheard by microphones, a concern for Assange given the espionage operation that was conducted by a Spanish security company that targeted him on behalf of the CIA while he was in the Ecuador embassy."
March 2, 2020
Great write up, without any plainly obvious injected bias, including good quotes from reputable sources. They did not touch on the opposite side of the discussion, which would be any arguments for legitimate reasons to use the glass box; however, that would be my only short coming of this piece, and the reason for the deduction.