The WikiLeaks co-founder, behind bars at Belmarsh, ties the knot with the mother of his children
Stella Moris, wearing a wedding dress created by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, arrives outside the high-security Belmarsh prison where she is set to marry WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, UK, March 23, 2022. © Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Julian Assange married Stella Moris inside London’s maximum-security Belmarsh prison on Wednesday, in a long-awaited ceremony. The couple have two children. The imprisoned WikiLeaks co-founder is fighting attempts to extradite him to the US on espionage charges over publishing Iraq and Afghanistan war documents more than a decade ago.
The British authorities allowed only a small ceremony, attended by four guests, two official witnesses, and two guards, citing security concerns to deny all media access.
Moris was photographed outside the prison with the two sons she had with Assange – Gabriel and Max.
“I am convinced that they fear that people will see Julian as a human being. Not a name, but a person,” Moris said in an article published by The Guardian on Wednesday. “Their fear reveals that they want Julian to remain invisible to the public at all costs, even on his wedding day, and especially on his wedding day. For him to disappear from public consciousness.”
Assange is being held in the maximum-security prison pending the decision on his extradition to the US, where he faces up to 175 years behind bars for allegedly conspiring to hack Pentagon computers. The hacking charges are based on discredited testimony of a convicted Icelandic criminal, and the US has not offered any tangible guarantees Assange will not be held in solitary or tortured, but the UK has so far denied his appeals.