Threat Watch

Assange Has First Day in Court for Extradition Hearing

Anonymous (OpAssange): Julian Assange appeared in court today by video call from prison for the start of proceedings to determine if he will be extradited to the United States.  While the initial hearing only lasted for a couple of minutes, protesters remained outside the court for a while in support of Mr. Assange.  The charges against Mr. Assange are for conspiring with U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning, now Chelsea Manning, to hack a computer.  In spite of what the charges are, Mr. Assange claims that he is being put on trial for being a journalist.  Many within Anonymous view this as a trial against free speech.  This was only the first day of proceedings to determine if Mr. Assange will be extradited to the United States.

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As the trial progresses, Anonymous and their supporters’ patience will likely begin to wear thin–meaning that attacks on the United States, United Kingdom, and Ecuador will probably increase in frequency and intensity.