Assange can barely talk, moved to prison hospital, says WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison within the UK, prompting considerations about his well being pending the listening to on his extradition to the US.

Assange’s well being had already “significantly deteriorated” through the almost seven years he spent contained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and has continued to worsen over the seven weeks he has spent in Belmarsh, WikiLeaks mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.  View image on Twitter

“The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself,” mentioned WikiLeaks, including that Assange has misplaced loads of weight and was barely ready to converse to his Swedish lawyer final week.

“Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him,” his lawyer Per Samuelson informed reporters after visiting Belmarsh, however the quote was barely reported in Sweden, not to mention elsewhere.

Sweden has rejected Samuelson’s movement to delay Assange’s extradition listening to, although he was by no means charged with something. Swedish investigators by no means interviewed Assange about claims of “sexual assault” that appear to have been trumped-up as a pretext to extradite him to the US in 2012, and prompted him to search asylum in Ecuador.

The preliminary listening to on Washington’s extradition request remains to be scheduled for Thursday, May 30. The US has charged Assange with 18 counts below the Espionage Act, which carry a sentence of up to 175 years in prison.

“Julian’s case is of major historic significance. It will be remembered as the worst attack on press freedom in our time,”mentioned WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, urging folks in all places to oppose their politicians, courts, police and prisons from being abused to “leave this black stain on history.”