Julian Assange wants to get married in UK prison but pictures are banned

Julian Assange gets a new ‘ball and chain’ when he marries behind bars on Wednesday – but he won’t be able to leak photos.

The WikiLeaks founder was slated to marry ex-lawyer Stella Moris at London’s Belmarsh Prison – under such tight security they are even forbidden from posing for their own wedding photos.

“Today I will walk through the gates of the most oppressive maximum security prison in the country and be married to a political prisoner,” Moris wrote in The Guardian ahead of her planned marriage to “the love of my life”.

“This isn’t a prison wedding, it’s a declaration of love and resilience despite the prison walls,” she said.

The bride-to-be complained that “every part of this private event is being closely monitored by authorities at the UK prison” where 50-year-old Assange has been held since 2019, while US authorities seek his extradition on espionage charges he could see spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Her “squabble” with the UK government and prison officials included the decision to ban her proposed witnesses because they were journalists.

Julian Assange.
Julian Assange has been held since 2019 while US authorities seek his extradition on espionage charges.
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They were also banned from taking a photographer because “the prison says our wedding picture poses a security risk because it could end up on social media or the press,” Moris wrote.

“How absurd. What kind of security threat could a wedding photo pose?” she asked, saying her husband faced “different rules.”

Still, “torment only makes our love stronger,” she explained.

Stella Moris.
Stella Moris posed for photos in her Vivienne Westwood wedding dress as she arrived at the prison gates.
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Stella Moris.
The wedding was “a declaration of love and resistance despite the prison walls,” said Stella Moris.
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Stella Moris.
Stella Morris arrives at the prison with her family.
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Stella Moris with her sons.
Stalla Moris poses with sons Gabriel and Max.
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However, the bride-to-be has pose for photos in her silver Vivienne Westwood wedding dress as she arrived at the prison gates with Gabriel and Max, the sons she secretly had with Assange while he was hiding from arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years.

Westwood – a longtime supporter of Assange – also made kilts for the groom-to-be and his male guests to reference his Scottish heritage.

Instead, four guests, two official witnesses and two prison guards will attend the ceremony, which will be conducted by the registrar and is only permitted during visiting hours of the prison.

Richard Assange
Richard Assange, father of Julian Assange, arrives at Belmarsh Prison to attend the wedding.
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Stella Moris and family.
Stella Moris and the rest of the wedding party must leave Belmarsh Prison immediately after the ceremony.
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Moris and her wedding party then have to leave immediately after the ceremony. She then plans to cut a wedding cake outside of the prison, which is home to some of Britain’s most notorious inmates.

The couple first met in 2011 when Moris joined Assange’s legal team while he was hiding at the embassy. Their relationship began in 2015, she said after revealing the two children she had with him.

Assange’s big day follows a recent blow to his legal battle when he was denied permission to appeal a decision on his extradition to the UK Supreme Court. However, he could still challenge the government’s confirmation of the extradition.

A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard outside Belmarsh prison.
A supporter of Julian Assange holds a sign outside Belmarsh Prison for the WikiLeaks founder’s wedding anniversary.
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Yellow ribbons and a shield congratulate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his fiancee Stella Moris.
Yellow ribbons and a congratulatory sign to Julian Assange and Stella Moris left by supporters outside Belmarsh Prison.
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Assange has denied any wrongdoing and claimed he acted as a journalist when WikiLeaks released vast amounts of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables more than a decade ago.

With postal wires Julian Assange wants to get married in UK prison but pictures are banned


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