WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will marry his girlfriend, Stella Morris, in a maximum-security prison in southeast London, in a small ceremony attended by 4 guests, two official witnesses, and two security guards.
The party takes place during visiting hours in the prison, which saw some of Britain’s most notorious criminals spend their sentences, including child killer Ian Huntley.
Assange is wanted by the US authorities for trial on 18 counts related to WikiLeaks’ disclosure of huge sets of classified US military records and diplomatic cables.
The 50-year-old, who denies wrongdoing, has been held in Belmarsh prison since 2019, and before that, he had been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for seven years.
While living in the Ecuadorean embassy, Assange had two children with Morris, a lawyer who is more than 10 years younger than him, knowing that he met her in 2011 when she began working within his legal team, and their relationship began in 2015.
And Morris’ wedding dress and the well-known Scottish wrap that Assange will wear, in reference to his family’s connection to Scotland, were designed by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who previously led an anti-extradition campaign.
This month, Assange was refused permission to appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court over his extradition to the United States, but he can still appeal any government decision approving his extradition.