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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to marry in prison today as he battles extradition




Julian Assange has been ‘trapped’ says Vivienne Westwood

Mr Assange, who is is currently fighting extradition to the US, has two children with Ms Moris – Max, two, and Gabriel, four. The couple’s wedding comes just weeks before the third anniversary of the activist’s dramatic arrest, which saw him get dragged out of London’s Ecuadorian embassy. He is wanted in Washington for an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.

The publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, US authorities claim, put lives in danger.

Mr Assange has consistently denied any wrongdoing and won support for his case from human rights organisations and journalist groups across the world.

After getting permission to marry in 2019, four guests and two witnesses, as well as two security guards, will attend a small registrar-led ceremony at the high-security jail in the UK capital this afternoon.

The pair, who began their relationship in 2015, met in 2011 while Ms Moris, a lawyer more than a decade his junior, worked on Mr Assange’s legal team.

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Julian Assange is marrying in the prison he has been held in since 2019 today (Image: PA)

She said: “Obviously we are very excited, even though the circumstances are very restrictive.

“All the guests and witnesses must leave as soon as the ceremony is over, even though that will be before normal visiting time ends.

“Julian is looking forward to the wedding because it is finally happening, many months after we first made the request.”

The bride’s wedding dress has been designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood, who has previously campaigned against the activist’s extradition.

Mr Assange will be wearing a kilt, also created by Dame Vivienne – a nod to his family ties to Scotland.

Stella Moris, Julian Assange's fiancée

It’s ‘finally happening’, says Stella Moris, Assange’s fiancée and mother to their two children (Image: Getty)

The wedding comes shortly after the UK’s highest court refused to hear his appeal against extradition.

The Australian-born editor was attempting to appeal against a judgment by the high court in December that ruled he could be extradited after assurances from the US authorities with regard to his prison conditions there.

But the Supreme Court said it had refused permission to appeal “as the application didn’t raise an arguable point of law”.

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The WikiLeaks founder is accused of leaking US documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars (Image: Daily Express)

While his extradition must still be approved by the home secretary, Priti Patel, the decision dealt a serious blow to Mr Assange’s effort to fight his deportation from the UK.

After Ms Patel makes a decision, Mr Assange can try to challenge it by judicial review, which involves a judge examining the legitimacy of a public body’s decision.

Supporters of the 50-year-old WikiLeaks founder will gather outside Belmarsh today to celebrate, and the couple has asked them to dress as if they were attending a wedding.

Those wishing to send the newlyweds a gift have been asked to donate to a new official Crowdfunder campaign, sponsor a park bench or similar in their area, or put up posters calling for Mr Assange to be freed.

The couple, who are marrying during the jail’s visiting hours, have not been granted permission to bring a photographer to the wedding.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “All weddings in prisons must meet the requirements outlined in the Prison Service policy.”

The service said photography for weddings in prisons is facilitated by prison staff, in line with “established national policy on photographing prisoners”.

It added: “The relevant policy makes clear the governor can block images being taken if it is believed they will be shared publicly, which can compromise prison security. Accordingly, photos will be taken by prison staff.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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