The newspaper ‘The Guardian’, which participated in the international consortium of newspapers that published a selection of diplomatic cables obtained by ‘Wikileaks’ in 2010, has denied being responsible for revealing the identity of the sources of information obtained by the embassies of States United, against what was argued by Julian Assange’s defense in the case on his extradition.
James Lewis, a lawyer representing the lawsuit of the East Virginia court in Washington, refuted Assange’s consideration as a journalist protected by guarantees of freedom of publication because, unlike the media that collaborated with him and erased the identities of the sources mentioned in the confidential cables, the Australian downloaded all the files without editing them, endangering the life of the sources in some countries.
Mark Summers, on behalf of Assange, replied to that argument by stating that it was two journalists from ‘The Guardian’, his former director of investigations, David Leigh, and an expert on Vladimir Putin’s regime, Luke Harding, who included in a book on Wikileaks, in February 2011, a password for access to the archive of unedited cables.
The newspaper, which opposes the extradition of Assange, notes that the authors of the book included a password that the Australian told them would be deleted a few hours later. Leigh is quoted in the edition of ‘The Guardian’, this Wednesday, stating: “It is a total invention that I had nothing to do with the publication decisions made by Julian Asange. It does not help their cause that people invent things ».
The Wikileaks pattern would not have expressed concern about the security of the sources from the publication of the book, in February, until it was downloaded to the network of all unedited cables, in October 2011. And Summers states that his defendant contacted the State Department, then led by Hillary Clinton, to warn her of the imminent danger.
The case on the US extradition lawsuit, which wants to judge Julian Assange for 17 charges of espionage and one of communications interference, is taking place this week in its first phase and will resume on May 18 with the appearance of witnesses to endorse the general arguments presented now by the two parties.
The trial, chaired by Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who will issue the sentence alone, is held in the Woolwich Criminal Court, in south-east London, in a building adjacent to the Belmarsh maximum security prison where Assange has remained since April 2019 , when the Government of Ecuador allowed the entrance of the British Police in its Embassy in London, where it had taken refuge in 2012.
His lawyers have pointed out that prison officials requisition documents from the Assange trial when they finish the hearings of the case, subject him to repeated naked frisks, who is handcuffed up to eleven times and moved between five cells in the transition from his appearance before the court until his return to his cell.