Lawyers for the WikiLeaks publisher say that prison authorities are preventing Julian Assange from preparing for his case by denying him proper access to case files and lawyers.

A judge at Westminster Magistrates Court today dismissed an emergency application made by Julian Assange’s lawyer asking her to instruct prison authorities to give Assange proper access to his case file, despite being provided with precedence of another judge doing exactly that.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser was unmoved by Gareth Pierce’s submissions that Assange is not able to properly prepare for his case.  Pierce, a veteran human rights lawyer, provided the court with precedence of a judge from the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (aka the ‘Old Bailey’) who recently intervened with prison authorities to ensure an imprisoned defendant had better access to his lawyers and case file.

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