WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange married his fiancée on March 23, Wednesday, in Belmarsh prison in London where he is being held as he fights against being extradited to the United States of America on charges of the alleged leak of classified documents. Assange (50) and his partner Stella Moris (38) have two sons together—four-year-old Gabriel and two-year-old Max.
Reportedly, the couple was allowed four guests and two witnesses for the ceremony which was attended by Assange’s father, brother and the couple’s children.
Stella Moris, who is a lawyer by profession, was seen dressed in a wedding gown designed by British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood. Meanwhile, Moris’s veil was embroidered with messages from friends and family. The designer also designed Assange’s kilt as an ode to his Scottish heritage. The designer was an attendee at the low-key prison wedding.
Julian Assange Marries Stella Moris
As Moris left for the ceremony, she was greeted with a crowd of supporters who also held placards reading “Free Julian Assange”. In a heartfelt note, she penned that her husband’s detention is “cruel and inhuman”.
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“This is not a prison wedding, it is a declaration of love and resilience in spite of the prison walls, in spite of the political persecution, in spite of the arbitrary detention, in spite of the harm and harassment inflicted on Julian and our family. Their torment only makes our love grow stronger,” she added in the note published in a renowned publication.
Julian Assange has been in prison since 2019 on charges relating to the publication of a vast cache of classified documents related to the US and its allies’ military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan. The documents had information pertaining to the US Military’s killing of hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents during the war in two countries. While the US claims that the leaks broke the law and endangered lives, Assange says that the case is politically motivated.
He was denied permission to file an appeal against his extradition to America at Britain’s Supreme Court and the case will now go back to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which is likely to send it to the UK Home Secretary for certification. If Assange is extradited, he will likely face espionage charges in the United States for which he could face a sentence of up to 175 years.