‘Clearly hyperbolic’: Rudy Giuliani denies he urged attack on Capitol in ‘trial by combat’ speech
Rudy Giuliani says he didn’t really mean for anyone to take him seriously when he urged a mob of #MAGA followers to engage in “trial by combat” on Jan. 6 before they stormed the Capitol. Former President Donald Trump’s then personal lawyer Thursday asserted his fiery speech was “clearly hyperbolic” and claims that “no reasonable listener” would take it literally, even though that’s exactly ...news.yahoo.com
Supporters gather for Assange court extradition showdown
Partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Stella Moris, holds up a Julian Assange press card outside the gates of Downing Street, in Westminster, London, after attempting to deliver a Reporters Without Borders petition against the extradition of her partner to the US. Lawyers for Assange and the U.S. government will face off in London on Monday at an extradition hearing that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)LONDON Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the U.S. government were squaring off in a London court on Monday at a high-stakes extradition case delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Assanges lawyers say the prosecution is a politically motivated abuse of power that will stifle press freedom and put journalists around the world at risk. The WikiLeaks founder was due to be brought from Belmarsh Prison on the outskirts of London to court for the hearing.
Designer Vivienne Westwood leads protest supporting Assange
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood stands in a giant bird cage in protest against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S., outside the Old Bailey court, in London, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Assange is in London's Belmarsh Prison awaiting a full extradition hearing, which has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON Veteran fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood posed in a giant bird cage in London Tuesday to show her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and call for his extradition to the U.S. to be stopped. Dressed in a canary yellow outfit, the 79-year-old designer led protesters who chanted Free Julian Assange outside London's Central Criminal Court. Assange was arrested last year after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up for years.
Julian Assange put US allies' lives at risk, lawyer claims in extradition trial
Lawyers for the U.S. argued in court Monday that Assange's publication of military secrets had risked the lives of people in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan who had assisted the West, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, Assange's lawyer claimed the case could lead to criminalizing activities that were essential to investigative journalism, according to the news agency. Protesters from across Europe gathered in London on Saturday to demand Assange's release and rally against his potential extradition. Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis also spoke at the protest, with Varoufakis describing WikiLeaks as "what every self-respecting news outlet ought to be." He also announced that Euroleaks, a project he was launching with Assange, would "see the light of day" on March 10.cnbc.com