WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will marry his longtime girlfriend Stella Morris at a maximum-security prison in south-east London on Wednesday in a small ceremony attended by four guests, two official witnesses and two security guards.
Assange is wanted by US authorities to stand trial on 18 charges related to WikiLeaks’ disclosure of huge collections of classified US military records and diplomatic cables.
The 50-year-old, who denies any wrongdoing, has been held at Belmarsh prison since 2019, and before that he had been in hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years.
While living in the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange fathered two children with Morris, a lawyer more than ten years his junior, whom he met in 2011 when she started working on his legal team. Their relationship started in 2015.
The party will take place during visiting hours at the prison, which has seen some of Britain’s most notorious criminals serve their sentences, including child killer Ian Huntley.
And Maurice’s wedding dress and the Scottish dress known as “Celts”, to be worn by Assange, in reference to his family’s association with Scotland, was designed by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who had previously launched a campaign against his extradition.
This month, Assange was denied permission to appeal to the British Supreme Court against a decision to extradite him to the United States. But he can still appeal any government decision that approves his extradition.