The US government has made a late request to have Julian Assange extradited based on a new indictment, prosecutor Claire Dobbin told Westminster magistrates’ court at yesterday’s hearing. Washington is seeking to expand the charges against him, including by extending the group of people he is alleged to have conspired with beyond former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning,
The other week I watched for the second time the 2015 TV film An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley, based on a play that revolves around the apparent suicide of a young woman called Eva Smith. As was the case when I first saw it, I found it gripping from beginning to end and that’s not just because it was filmed in Yorkshire and featured one of my favourite locations, Salt’s Mill in Saltaire Village, near Bradford.
It is set in 1912 when the unsuspecting and very wealthy Birling family are visited by a mysterious Inspector Goole. The family is headed by pompous factory owner Arthur Birling, who is hoping to get a knighthood, his snobbish wife Sybil and young son Eric who are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to eligible Gerald Croft (rich, privileged and a member of the aristocracy), when the inspector calls.
Julian Assange appeared at a further administrative hearing at Westminster Crown Court, London on 27 July via video link, the first time since 7 April when he was last seen in court. The conference call was organised after delay, due to failure of Belmarsh prison to arrange the appearance, and only after his lawyers protested his absence. Judge Baraitser said as the new substances of the case weren’t being discussed, Assange didn’t need to appear via videolink from Belmarsh prison, although last month she ordered him to appear unless he had a medical reason not to.