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Assange Interrupts Extradition Case to Complain About ‘Spying’

  • Lawyers ask for permission to have Assange sit with legal team
  • He may be let out of the ‘dock,’ as long as he wears handcuffs
Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court prior to his extradition hearing in London on Feb. 25.
Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court prior to his extradition hearing in London on Feb. 25.Photographer: Peter Summers/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange complained he was being spied upon in court and can’t talk to his lawyers privately as he interrupted his London extradition trial for a second time.

His lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said if his client wasn’t given some degree of privacy, he will make an application for Assange to sit with his legal team. It’s an unusual step in U.K. courts where defendants usually sit, accompanied by police officers, on an enclosed platform called “the dock.”