Allegation of CIA 'murder' plot is game-changer in Assange extradition hearing, fiancee says

US authorities will this week begin their appeal against a British judge's refusal to extradite Assange because his mental health problems meant he would be at risk of suicide.

25/10/2021 6:55:00 PM

US authorities will this week begin their appeal against a British judge's refusal to extradite Assange because his mental health problems meant he would be at risk of suicide.

LONDON (Reuters) - The partner of Julian Assange said on Monday a media report that the CIA had plotted to kill or kidnap the WikiLeaks founder was a game-changer in his fight against extradition from Britain to the United States.

Last month, Yahoo News reported CIA officials had drawn up options for former U.S. President Donald Trump's administration for dealing with Assange while he was holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, including assassinating or kidnapping him.

Shahrizat's daughter appointed as MDEC director Hubungi polis, bomba selepas tidak jumpa jalan keluar | Harian Metro Penduduk dunia akan hadapi 'tsunami long Covid' 3 ke 5 tahun lagi - Utusan Digital

A CIA spokesman declined to comment on the Yahoo report. The U.S. government lawyer who is leading the prosecution of Assange did not immediately respond to a request for comment."This (Yahoo report) is a game changer going into the appeal because it shows the true nature, the true origins, the true criminality of the U.S. actions against Julian," his fiancee Stella Moris, with whom Assange has had two children, told reporters.

WikiLeaks came to prominence when it began to publish thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables in 2010. Soon afterwards Sweden sought Assange's extradition from Britain over allegations of sex crimes. When he lost that case against extradition in 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy.

He was finally dragged out from the embassy in April 2019 and jailed for breaching British bail conditions, although the Swedish case against him had already been dropped.U.S. authorities then sought his extradition. Although the British judge on Jan. 4 rejected Assange's arguments that the case was political and an assault on freedom of speech, Moris said there was a real risk that, if found guilty, he would be held in a maximum security prison in almost total isolation.

That would lead him to attempting suicide, Moris concluded.U.S. lawyers aim to challenge the ruling against U.S. extradition and the evidence given by a key expert at a two-day High Court appeal hearing in London starting on Wednesday.No result is immediately expected, and Moris said the process could be fast, with Assange extradited by next summer, or it could take years.

"Both prospects are terrifying," she said. Currently, Assange is being held at London's top security Belmarsh Prison where Moris visited him on Saturday, saying he looked very thin."He was looking very unwell," she said.(Reporting by Michael Holden with additional reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Read more: The Star »

Woman suffers wounds, infections after using unauthorised beauty product

KUALA LUMPUR: A 22-year-old woman suffered severe side effects after using a slimming product with the treatment allegedly carried out by an uncertified individual.

Modernisation, smart agriculture key game changers for agrofood sector, says PM | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Modernisation and smart agriculture are the key game changers for the transformation of the country’s agrofood sector under the National Agrofood Policy 2021-2030 (DAN 2.0), according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the two strategies...

US to begin UK appeal against Assange extradition block | Malay MailLONDON, Oct 25 — The United States government will on Wednesday begin an appeal to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face trial for publishing military secrets, after a British judge blocked a request earlier this year. Washington said after the decision in January that it was...

Melaka a game changerPETALING JAYA: The ban on political gatherings during the Melaka state polls will be an acid test to the run-up of the Sarawak state polls and coming general election, say political analysts. syazwan_TA

Asian Cup Under-23 Qualifiers: Laos game a must win, says Malaysia’s Luqman Hakim | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — A win is all that matters when Malaysia take on Laos in their opening Group J match of the 2022 Asian Cup Under-23 Qualifiers in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia tomorrow (3pm Malaysian time). While not underestimating the challenge posed by Laos, teen striker Luqman Hakim Shamsudin...

Ex-IGP urges police to verify claims of power abuse and graft in force | The Malaysian InsightThis is needed before senior officers are investigated over allegations made on social media, says Musa Hassan.

C4 Center wants MACC probed, says complete revamp neededGroup cites case of RM25 million seized, drug trafficking allegations. MACC pegawai menerima rasuah memberi bantuan kepada penjawat awam menyertai kegiatan jenayah, banyak buktiran merujuk sekumpulan penjawat awam menerima suapan memalsukan dokumen membuat pertuduhan palsu dalam mahkamah. Needs oversight from parliament. Incl opposition members. This is a national security issue. They have to b independent. when the supposed ' anti corruption' is corrupt AF