Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood spoke out about the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday as she stood outside London's Westminster Magistrates Court, calling it «incredibly violent» and arguing that human rights and free speech were at stake in the case.
Westwood, who said she'd visited Assange on Tuesday, recounted that Assange had felt his ejection from the embassy... Еще was imminent due to US pressure on Ecuador, and that Ecuador was «waiting to find an excuse» to do it, in an exclusive interview with Ruptly.
«The issue is that Chelsea Manning and Julian released American war crimes, Chelsea the whistleblower, Julian the publisher, and this is what this is about, and they've had this court waiting for them ever since,» she commented.
The 78-year old designer is a staunch defender of Assange and even designed a t-shirt in support of him in 2018.
Assange was arrested earlier in the day after Ecuador officially revoked his asylum status and allowed UK police to escort him from the embassy and into custody. He was then taken to a British court, where he was found guilty of breaching bail and ordered to remain in custody until an extradition hearing next month.