According to British officials, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been granted permission to marry his partner, Stella Moris, in prison. Since 2019, Assange has been confined in London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison while he battles extradition to the United States on espionage accusations.
During Assange’s seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to evade extradition to Sweden on separate sex charges claims, the pair began dating. Assange and his lawyer girlfriend, Moris, have two young boys, Gabriel, 4, and Max, 2.
“I am relieved that reason prevailed, and I hope there will be no further interference with our marriage,” Moris said.
A judge denied the US government’s request to extradite Assange in January, but he remains in detention while the government’s appeal is heard by a higher court. In April 2020, Assange and Moris made their love public and asked to the jail authorities for permission to marry. They threatened legal action against the prison governor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, accusing them of attempting to sabotage the wedding.
“Mr. Assange’s application was received, considered and processed in the usual way by the prison governor, as for any other prisoner,” the Prison Service said Thursday.
The wedding date has yet to be determined.
WikiLeaks’ publishing of thousands of secret military and diplomatic papers a decade ago resulted in Assange being charged with 17 counts of espionage and one count of computer abuse by US authorities.