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  • Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in the U.K. in 2012.

    Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in the U.K. in 2012. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 September 2018

Assange's lawyer decried the WikiLeaks founder's wavering health which the Ecuadorean embassy is failing to properly address.

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange’s health is at risk after being held without medical attention in the Ecuadorean Embassy in the U.K. since 2012, defense attorney Jennifer Robinson said Saturday.

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"We are very concerned about his health: he has been locked up in the embassy for more than six years, without proper access to medical care," said Robinson during an interview with the Catalan publication, Nacio Digital.

The lawyer stressed her client’s wavering health, which, she said, the embassy is unable to properly moderate due to lack of proper medical equipment and facilities.

"The embassy is not equipped for prolonged detention to provide a reasonable environment ... the prolonged uncertainty of indefinite detention deeply affects the psychological and physical trauma above and beyond the expected stressors of incarceration," the Australian lawyer said.

Robinson also showed concern over the “very serious” threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States for trial. “If Assange faces a trial in the US, he can not benefit from the first amendment of the Constitution, which refers to freedom of the press.

“We can not forget that he is only an editor who published material of public interest,” Robinson said.

The defense lawyer also explained the recent change in Ecuador’s administration has only served to complicate the case, which she described as a 180-degree change in political position between President Rafael Correa to his successor, the incumbent President Lenin Moreno, particularly in regards to bilateral relations with the United States.

On Mar, 28, just days after hosting a delegation of the United States Southern Command (Southcom), Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno decided to cut his guest’s communications with the outside world, denying him access to the internet and banning visitors who are not part of his legal team.

Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in the U.K. in 2012. Assange faced extradition to Sweden from England, over allegations of sexual assault on two women, which he categorically denied.

Although the judicial process for the alleged sexual crimes in Sweden was lifted, he fears that if he is given to British authorities he could face prison for skipping bail and face extradition to the United States, where he would be tried for espionage and could be sentenced to death for exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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