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Assange jailed; judge slams 'unrealistic' claims he hid in Ecuadorian Embassy avoiding 'kidnap and torture' by U.S.

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Assange stood impassively with his hands clasped as 50-week sentence was read out in packed courtroom; Judge Deborah Taylor rejected calls for leniency based on the seven years Assange had spent in the embassy 

Defence lawyer had said that his client was forced to act because he feared 'kidnap and torture' in America; Letter from Assange apologising 'unreservedly' for skipping bail also did little to sway view of Judge Taylor; On Thursday, has hearing about potential extradition to the US for helping Chelsea Manning hack a computer

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Assange could and should have recused that judge:


From Caitlin Johnstone's article in today's OpEdNews:


After the Swedish government decided to drop its sexual assault investigation in 2017 without issuing any charges, Assange's legal team attempted last year to get the warrant dropped. The judge in that case, Emma Arbuthnot, just happens to be married to former Tory junior Defense Minister and government whip James Arbuthnot, who served as director of Security Intelligence Consultancy SC Strategy Ltd with a former head of MI6. Arbuthnot denied Assange's request with extreme vitriol, despite his argument that British law does have provisions which allow for the time he'd already served under house arrest to count toward far more time than would be served for violating bail.



British Judge Chastises Julian Assange for Avoiding Court Hearing A British judge chastised the founder of WikiLeaks in court for not appearing at a hearing to challenge an arrest warrant. Judge Emma Arbuthnot stated that ...
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