London — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting a spy on suspicion of being handed over to the United States, has been granted permission to marry in London in a prison detained since 2019.
News that Assange was allowed to marry his fiancé Stella Morris in Belmarsh prison said Morris had taken legal action against the British government for ignoring the couple’s repeated demands. A day later, it was announced on Thursday. Get married.
“I’m relieved, but I’m still angry that legal action was needed to prevent illegal interference with our basic rights to marriage,” Morris said. Written on twitter..
A prison spokesman said in a statement that Assange had been granted permission to marry and his application was accepted by the prison governor “in the usual way” and processed “like any other prisoner.” It was confirmed.
Under the Marriage Act of 1983, British prisoners have the right to apply for marriage while in custody. If the application is approved, the prisoner’s family is responsible for paying for the service.
Assange and Morris are not unaware that they will die in a confined space.
In 2012, Assange evacuated to the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he was fighting a transfer to Sweden. There he was asked to cross-examine in a rape investigation, but was later withdrawn. Morris was hired as part of a legal team to fight these delivery efforts, and for seven years he was trapped in the embassy, and she and Assange had a relationship and had two children.
“For many, starting a family in that context seems ridiculous, but for us it was sane,” she said in a video posted on the WikiLeaks YouTube channel last year. I did. “To break the walls around him and see life, imagine life beyond that prison.”
Morris from South Africa says her husband saw his sons Gabriel and Max born on a video call. According to Morris, the boys were British citizens and grew up visiting their father in prison.
Assange, 50, was charged with 17 violations of the Espionage Act in 2019 after publishing documents related to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan leaked by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. I was charged by the United States. In June, Assange was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy, arrested by British police, and taken to Belmarsh in southeast London, where he remained detained.
According to court documents, Morris remained silent about his relationship with Assange and his family until he testified in a British court in March 2020 about his deterioration in mental health. Since then, she has repeatedly publicly demanded that she withdraw her charges against him and grant the president’s amnesty.
Assange’s wedding announcement will take place just weeks after his transfer process resumes in a court in London. A U.S. lawyer argued that he should be tried in U.S. courts, despite continued concerns about his mental health. Many doctors and mental health professionals have recorded a decline in Assange’s physical and mental condition in captivity.
“He’s very thin and really hits him,” Morris said in an interview with Democracy Now on Tuesday about Assange’s well-being. “Every day is hard, you can just imagine. You can’t see the end.”
The founder of WikiLeaks has been working for years to avoid trials in the United States and attacks on media freedom that his supporters claim to be politically driven. If Assange is handed over and convicted, he could face up to 175 years in prison in the United States.