Stella Morris arrives to marry her partner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, at a small wedding service at Belmarsh Prison. Photo / Matt Dunham, AP
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange married his fiancée in a small ceremony at the London prison where he is being held.
Assange, 50, has been held in the Belmarsh prison in south-east London since 2019 on a number of charges related to the publication of WikiLeaks of a huge number of classified documents more than a decade ago.
Supporters said Assange and Stella Morris were allowed to attend the ceremony on Wednesday by four guests and two witnesses.
Morris was photographed with the couple’s young sons when they arrived outside the prison. She was wearing a wedding dress and a veil embroidered with messages from friends and family. The dress was designed by British designer Vivienne Westwood, who is one of Assange’s most vocal and vocal fans.
Westwood also designed a tartan kilt for Assange, who was not in the photo.
“Every part of this private event is carefully monitored, from our guest list to the wedding photo,” Morris wrote in the Guardian newspaper on the eve of the wedding.
“This is not a prison wedding, this is a confession of love and perseverance, despite the prison walls, despite political persecution, despite arbitrary detentions, despite the damage and persecution inflicted on Juliana and our family” she wrote.
Last week, Britain’s Supreme Court rejected Assange’s appeal against a High Court decision to extradite him to the United States on charges of espionage.
This development narrows Assange’s capabilities, but his defense team may still seek to refer his case to the European Court of Human Rights or challenge other findings of the original judge. They could write to the UK Home Secretary in the coming weeks before she decides to extradite him.
Assange denies the crimes, and his supporters, including Amnesty International, say his extradition is politically motivated. They claim he was entitled to protection of freedom of speech under the First Amendment for publishing documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. – AP