“Whether Julian succeeds or fails here, it is of course what is waiting in the wings further down the line that is of the greatest concern,” a member of his legal team wrote the Bulletin, referring to the anticipated effort to extradite him to the United States on charges of a WikiLeaks conspiracy to distribute thousands of secret cables.
The Washington Times, published by the far-right Reunification Church, is reporting that the US Army soon will hold a pre-trial Article 32 hearing on its evidence against Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of downloading and disseminating classified military cables. Whether Manning will be charged with conspiracy linking him to Assange and WikiLeaks is uncertain.
For background on the Assange appeal, please see July 12-13 articles written by Tom Hayden from London below.
"Assange Appeals Extradition Order in London Court," by Tom Hayden, July 12, 2011.
"Day Two: Assange Legal Team Catches Fire," by Tom Hayden, July 13, 2011.