Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, will marry his long-term partner Stella Moris on Wednesday in a tiny ceremony attended by four guests, two official witnesses, and two security guards inside a high-security jail in southeast London.
Assange is wanted by US authorities on 18 counts related to WikiLeaks’ revelation of massive troves of classified US military and diplomatic papers and cables.
The 50-year-old, who denies any involvement, has been detained at Belmarsh prison since 2019 and was previously imprisoned for seven years at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
He fathered two children while working at the embassy with Stella Moriss, a lawyer more than a decade his junior whom he met in 2011 when she joined his legal team. Their romance started in 2015.
The registrar will conduct the wedding during visiting hours at the prison, which has housed some of Britain’s most notorious criminals, including child murderer Ian Huntley.
Vivienne Westwood, a British fashion designer who has previously fought against Assange’s extradition, designed Moris’ wedding gown and Assange’s kilt, a tribute to his family’s Scottish links.
This month, Assange was denied permission to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom against a decision to extradite him to the United States. He has the right to appeal any decision by the government to extradite him.