Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 7

Murray, Craig
Pub Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 11:42


This morning we went straight in to the evidence of Clive Stafford Smith, a dual national British/American lawyer licensed to practice in the UK. He had founded Reprieve in 1999 originally to oppose the death penalty, but after 2001 it had branched out into torture, illicit detention and extraordinary rendition cases in relation to the &;war on terror&;.

Clive Stafford Smith testified that the publication by Wikileaks of the cables had been of great utility to litigation in Pakistan against illegal drone strikes. As Clive&;s put it at paras 86/7: