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This wasn't a victory for press freedom. Quite the contrary: the judge made clear she believed there are grounds to prosecute Assange in connection with the 2010 publication.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 4, 2021
It was, instead, an indictment of the insanely oppressive US prison system for security "threats."
Wonderful news, Assange won’t get extradited. But the reason the judge gave doesn’t seem quite right to me. This should be about journalism, about the right to speak truth against power - and not about the fact that he might commit suicide.https://t.co/zdTx0VAtxQ— Bastian Obermayer (@b_obermayer) January 4, 2021
“Today is the first step towards justice in this case.”— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 4, 2021
Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris responds to the ruling at the Old Bailey that the WikiLeaks founder cannot be extradited to the US.
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Julian #Assange has been discharged by the judge at the Old Bailey on grounds that he was too great a suicide risk if extradited to the US. This is wonderful! It's a face-saving cover for the British to justify their disgraceful political trial of #Assange on America's behalf.— John Pilger (@johnpilger) January 4, 2021
Great news from London - Julian Assange’s extradition to US denied by UK court. US President must rule out an appeal. UK PM must release him. And Oz PM must allow him to return home a free man. Assange was always the hero, not the villain #auspol #politas #FreeAssange— Andrew Wilkie MP (@WilkieMP) January 4, 2021
I can't see how the #Assange ruling amounts to a victory for the free press, as some are claiming. Judge seems to have accepted US prosecution arguments right up the point where she considered a suicide risk. The judgement may have set a scary precedent.https://t.co/Lwuz5njhNL— Mark Curtis (@markcurtis30) January 4, 2021
The rejection by the UK court of the US Govt's request to extradite Julian Assange to stand trial on espionage charges is obviously great news. But the judge endorsed most of the USG's theories, but ultimately found the US prison system too inhumane to permit extradition.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 4, 2021
The judge’s reasoning was hardly a ringing endorsement of either Wikileaks or the function of journalism. But the extradition outcome is the right one and I hope the US will now drop the pursuit of Assange (and @Snowden) and let them get on with their lives.— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) January 4, 2021
We welcome the fact that Julian Assange will not be sent to the USA, but this does not absolve the UK from having engaged in this politically-motivated process at the behest of the USA and putting media freedom and freedom of expression on trial.— Amnesty International (@amnesty) January 4, 2021
That’s very good news!— Jamil Dakwar (@jdakwar) January 4, 2021
Prosecuting Assange for @wikileaks publishing operations was unprecedented and unconstitutional. It had set a dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public's interest. https://t.co/lgPqJoWQ6O
In a crucial ruling for #pressfreedom, a British judge has ruled that #Wikileaks founder #JulianAssange cannot be extradited to the United States to face charges of espionage and of hacking government computers, citing concerns over his mental health.https://t.co/VKhwrDFlIS— IPI - The Global Network for Press Freedom (@globalfreemedia) January 4, 2021
The decision to reject the US extradition request was not made based on freedom of the press. It was based on Assange’s mental condition.— Naomi Brockwell (@naomibrockwell) January 4, 2021
For journalists reporting on govt secrets who don’t have mental health issues, this ruling should be terrifying. https://t.co/canGtwIq9a
Good that UK judge blocked #julianassange @wikileaks extradition but absurd that she did so only on "mental health" grounds; this is a political prosecution through and through, using an outdated, never used "Espionage Law" to hound a journalist. https://t.co/fyR64MV47x— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) January 4, 2021
The US govt should rather focus their efforts on finding the hackers...— Coin Bureau (guy.eth)?? (@coinbureau) January 4, 2021
You know, the folks who breached numerous government agencies including the one that controls the goddam nukes!
Focus on priorities and leave #Assange alone ?♂️https://t.co/fcDN3Knpr6
◼️◻️#BREAKING Julian #Assange will not be extradited to US!— Assemblea International (@assemblea_int) January 4, 2021
This sets a precedent for the protection of whistleblowers & #politicalprisoners, & the exercise of #freespeech & #freepress
From #Catalonia, congratulations!#FreeAssange #StandUpForCataloniahttps://t.co/92H7y9Ypdn
‼️#AssangeCase: We welcome the decision of the British judge although our position is he should be protected against extradition not on the basis of his health but on the basis of the political persecution against him.https://t.co/DOtEvX9iwQ— AED (Avocats Européens Démocrates) (@AED_EDL) January 4, 2021
We welcome the UK court's decision NOT to extradite Julian Assange to the US.— The Left in the European Parliament (@Left_EU) January 4, 2021
Whistleblowers like Assange must be lauded for exposing crimes and abuse of power.
This is an important victory but the campaign continues. #FreeAssange now!https://t.co/UsBN2odHJ9
Breaking: Julian Assange cannot be extradited to US, British judge rules https://t.co/J1dKzptqlV@drjdrooghaag @fabriziobustama @robmay70 @IanLJones98 @NigelTozer @antgrasso @sallyeaves @archonsec @yuhelenyu @AkwyZ @AdamLGRing @1davidclarke @shirastweet @mikko @dez_blanchfield pic.twitter.com/IoMcadyy0Y— Bill Mew #DigitalEthics #TrustinTech #BLM (@BillMew) January 4, 2021
The #AssangeCase proceedings & the questions it has posed represent not only the most serious threat to #journalism & #PressFreedom in modern times but also to #jurisprudence, #sovereignty & #liberal society. That the extradition was denied is so importanthttps://t.co/GPl7fWUYqJ— World Ethical Data Forum (@WEDF_forum) January 4, 2021
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Disturbing reactions to the #Assange ruling:— Jaraparilla (@jaraparilla) January 4, 2021
US DoJ: "We are gratified that the USA prevailed on every point of law raised."
BBC: the UK judge's conclusions "would be enough for him to be charged with a crime here."
Journalism is being criminalized.https://t.co/8LAVTiLRFa
Journalists everywhere were watching this ruling. "A British judge ruled...WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States to face trial on charges of violating the Espionage Act, saying he would be at extreme risk of suicide."https://t.co/siAHMn72sn— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) January 4, 2021
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