The details surrounding Julian Assange’s October 2021 mini-stroke remain unclear as he will be sent to an infernal prison in the US, writes Dr. John Jiggens.
THE FIRST day of the US appeal to the British Supreme Court against a lower court decision not to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, he suffered a mini-stroke. Three Australian journalists, Joe Lauria and Cathy Vogen of Consortium News, along with legendary former SBS news presenter Mary Kostakidis, watched the hearing via video link from Australia.
In a recent post, the trio raised questions about whether the UK Supreme Court covered up Julian’s medical condition during the trial.
Cathy Vogan of Consortium News said:
Julian Assange’s stroke, which occurred on October 27, was not announced until December 11. Vogan questioned the delay. Why was the battle ignored by the Court? What medication did Assange use during the trial?
Former SBS news host, Mary Kostakidis, has the same questions.
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Julian Assange is slowly being murdered by the armed forces of the American and British states, his crime was to expose their crimes.
She further said:
Mrs. Kostakidis asked:
Regarding Julian’s mental state, Mary Kostakidis noted that although he was clearly drugged, Assange still struggled to exercise his agency. He was present via a video link, despite an attempt to dissuade him.
She went on:
Mary Kostakidis’ account of Julian Assange leaving the video link is memorably described and imagined. But the meaning of the sentence, “I don’t want to be called that” needs to be extracted.
According to Vaughan, this incident took place when the prosecution argued over whether Assange would commit suicide. She thought the stroke might have been triggered by mental anguish.
Put yourself in Assange’s shoes. You are in Belmarsh Prison in a small cell, locked up for 23 hours a day. The guards have handcuffed you into a room with a video link to watch this Kafkaesque show trial for putting the spotlight on American war crimes.
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If you read Mary Kostakidis’s tweets from October 27, they seem to confirm Cathy Vogan’s speculation. Her tweets outlined the five grounds on which the Supreme Court allowed the US appeal. The fourth ground was that “the judge made an error in assessing the evidence of suicide risk.”
The court opened at 10 a.m. London time or 7 p.m. AEST. Kostakidis’ first tweet about Julian came at 7:33 PM AEST, “J isn’t coming. Higher dose of medication. Fitzgerald apologizes.” At 8:09 PM, Mary Kostakidis tweeted, “Julian is here. He looks terrible. Very short shot.”
At 9:11 p.m., Mary Kostakidis tweeted that U.S. Attorney James Lewis QC was arguing against Section 91 of the 2003 Extradition Act (EA 2003) which prohibits extradition in circumstances where the person’s physical or mental condition was such that it would be unjust or distressing to extradite him. The prosecutor was working on the case Assange’s extradition would not be unjust or oppressive.
At 9:19 PM she tweeted: ‘Shot of J [Julian Assange]† He talks. He is leaving. The video link host has told us he is leaving “for the time being.”
Her next tweet shows Lewis continuing to discuss mental states and the impulse to commit suicide. Before the lunch break at 10 p.m. AEST, Lewis QC ended charges that the investigating judge’s decision rewards fugitives for their escape. You cannot argue, he said, that Julian Assange cannot be tried because he could commit suicide. “Only one psychiatrist concluded that he was likely to commit suicide,” he claimed†
Assange’s risk of suicide in US super-max prison conditions, which Lewis QC downplayed, persisted after lunch.
At 11:23 PM AEST, Mary Kostakidis tweeted:
While she had previously commented that Julian looked “pretty terrible,” this is the first time Kostakidis describes physical conditions similar to stroke symptoms, supporting Cathy Vogan’s claim that the stroke happened in court when Assange left and not shortly before, as Kostakidis suggests.
After the US lightly made some pointless promises, the British Supreme Court agreed to extradite Julian Assange to get a “fair trial” in a Virginia court that always convicts.
dr. John Jiggens is a writer and journalist who currently works in the community editorial office of Bay-FM in Byron Bay.