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Julian Assange’s Final Appeal: US Withdraws Promises To Protect Him

On February 20 and 21, the High Court in the United Kingdom heard Julian Assange’s case for the right to appeal his extradition to the United States. Clearing the FOG speaks with Chip Gibbons, a lawyer and journalist with Defending Rights and Dissent, who attended the hearing. Gibbons describes the intentional efforts by the UK court to prevent media from covering the hearing, which is ironic as the hearing was fundamentally about the attack on press freedom, and what Julian Assange’s options are depending on what the court decides. Gibbons makes the point that the United States has given up all pretense of protecting Assange’s health and life if he is extradited, even though that admission would be enough to block his extradition, revealing the lack of regard for the law and Assange’s human rights that has been evident throughout this prosecution.

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Chip Gibbons is policy director of Defending Rights & DIssent, where he has advised multiple congressional offices on reforming the Espionage Act. He traveled to London to cover the Julian Assange extradition as an accredited reporter for Jacobin. He is currently working on a book on the history of the FBI for Verso.

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