The Wikileaks founder will wed his fiancee Stella Moris in a small ceremony at Belmarsh Prison in London on Wednesday, while his supporters gather outside to celebrate
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Julian Assange will wed his longtime partner Stella Moris in a small ceremony at a maximum security prison in London, while his supporters will party outside.
The ceremony takes place at Belmarsh prison, just weeks before the third anniversary of the WikiLeaks founder’s dramatic arrest when he was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy.
The wedding is expected to be attended by four guests, two official groomsmen and two security guards.
Assange is being held in the maximum security prison while fighting extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information.
This follows WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The 50-year-old, who denies any wrongdoing, has been in Belmarsh prison since 2019 and was previously holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years. He has garnered support for his case from human rights organizations and journalist groups around the world.
While living at the embassy, he fathered two children with Ms. Moris, a lawyer more than ten years his junior, whom he met in 2011 when she started working on his legal team. Their relationship began in 2015.
The registrar-led ceremony takes place during visiting hours at the prison, where some of Britain’s most notorious criminals have served their sentences, including child killer Ian Huntley.
Ms Mori’s wedding dress and Assange’s kilt – a nod to his family ties to Scotland – were designed by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who previously campaigned against his extradition.
His fiancee has spoken of her joy at marrying the WikiLeaks founder despite restrictions.
Guests must leave immediately after the event.
Ms Moris said: “Obviously we are very excited even if the circumstances are very restrictive.
“All guests and witnesses must leave once the ceremony is over, although that will be before the end of normal visiting hours.
“Julian is looking forward to the wedding because it’s finally happening, many months after we first proposed.”
A Prison Service spokesman said: “All marriages held in prison must meet the requirements set out in the Prison Service policy.”
The service said photography for prison weddings is being facilitated by prison staff, in line with the “established national policy on prisoner photography”.
It added: “The relevant policy clarifies that the governor can block the taking of images believed to be shared publicly, which may jeopardize the security of the prison.” Accordingly, photos are taken by prison staff.”
The bride and groom bear the costs of the wedding ceremony.
Supporters were asked to dress as if they were going to a wedding.
Instead of sending gifts, they were suggested to donate to the new official crowdfunder campaign, sponsor a park bench or something similar in their area, and put up posters calling for Assange’s release.
Assange was this month denied permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against a decision to extradite him to the United States. He could still appeal any government decision to authorize his extradition.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/julian-assange-marry-fiance-during-26534061 Julian Assange will marry his fiancee during visiting hours at Belmarsh Prison today