Julian Assange and his partner Stella Moris tied the knot in a ceremony at Belmarsh Prison, where the Wikileaks founder has been held since 2019. The couple received legal permission to marry last year and announced their engagement in November.
Four guests were present at the ceremony, which took place yesterday afternoon during visiting hours BBC reported. The couple’s two young children and Assange’s father and brother made up the small group alongside “two official witnesses and two guards.” One of the prison officers “acted as the official photographer,” he said Daily Mail.
“Passing motorists honked their horns and supporters cheered” as Moris, 38, arrived outside the maximum security prison in south-east London. The Independent reported. As Moris left the prison after the ceremony, he was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers who threw confetti and chanted “Free Julian Assange”.
“Assange’s supporters were determined to make the day memorable for the newlyweds,” and “outside” the prison “a pavilion was erected” with a “three-tiered wedding cake adorned with edible rose petals and figurines of the bride and groom,” the statement said Mail. “Champagne and canapés were served,” accompanied by “musical entertainment.”
Moris could be seen “fighting back tears” as she gave “an emotional speech” to the crowd outside the prison, according to The Independent.
“I am very happy and very sad. I love Julian with all my heart and wish he were here,” she said. Describing her husband as “the most amazing person”, Moris added: “Our love will see us through”.
US authorities are trying to extradite 50-year-old Assange to face an 18-count indictment on American soil. He is accused of “conspiring to hack into military databases to obtain sensitive information” in relation to US military involvement in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the BBC said. He denies any wrongdoing. Wikileaks published hundreds of thousands of such documents on its website in 2010.
The couple met in 2011 after Assange was arrested in London over allegations of rape and molestation by two Swedish women, which he denies. Moris (who was known as Sara Gonzalez Devant before working with Assange) was a lawyer with expertise in international law and “was hired as part of Assange’s legal team” to lead his first case against extradition to Sweden, he said The guard.
They fell in love in 2014, she told the newspaper, while Assange was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Moris gave birth to her two sons, Max, now two, and Gabriel, four, during Assange’s seven-year stint at the embassy before he was imprisoned in Belmarsh.
At yesterday’s wedding, Moris wore a “floor-length lilac corset” wedding dress designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler and “an elaborate veil embroidered with messages from friends,” she said The guard.
“Assange, whose parents are of Scottish descent, was reportedly wearing a kilt – also designed by Westwood,” according to the Daily Mail. The designer has been campaigning for Assange’s release for several years.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/uk-news/956193/inside-julian-assange-and-stella-moriss-belmarsh-wedding Inside the Belmarsh Wedding of Julian Assange and Stella Moris