Wikileaks’ Assange to marry partner Stella Moris in prison ceremony

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LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will wed longtime partner Stella Moris at a high-security prison in south-east London on Wednesday in a small ceremony attended by four guests, two official witnesses and two police officers. security.

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Assange is wanted by US authorities to stand trial on 18 counts related to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables.

The 50-year-old, who denies any wrongdoing, has been held in Belmarsh Prison since 2019 and before that he was locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years.

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While living at the embassy, ​​he fathered two children with Moris, a lawyer more than ten years his junior, whom he met in 2011 when she started working in his legal team. Their relationship began in 2015.

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The clerk-led ceremony will take place during visiting hours at the prison, where some of Britain’s most notorious criminals have served sentences, including child murderer Ian Huntley.

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Moris’ wedding dress and Assange’s kilt – a nod to his family ties to Scotland – were created by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who has previously campaigned against his extradition.

Assange was this month denied leave to appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court against a decision to extradite him to the United States. He could still challenge any government decision to approve his extradition. (Reporting by William James editing by David Goodman)

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