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Assange's mental, physical health deteriorating under embassy confinement – medical records

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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 07:10 PM
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Julian Assange's confinement to the Ecuadorian embassy in London is taking a serious toll on his physical and mental health, according to medical and psychological reports released by WikiLeaks.

The documents – released by the whistleblowing site on Thursday – include a 27-page psycho-social and medical assessment, a physician's report, and a dentist's report. All of the papers are from 2015.
No outdoor space, no sunlight.
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In addition, Assange is being deprived of adequate medical care, noting that there has been difficulty finding doctors who will agree to see him inside the embassy.
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The paper also mentions that Assange suffers from “chronic dental pain from a fractured tooth” which he claims affects his ability to sleep & work.

Assange's mental, physical health deteriorating under embassy confinement – medical records

I haven't been keeping tabs on Mr. Assange in a while, and when I first saw him semi-recently for the first time in a few years I could immediately tell he was looking in rough shape since last I saw him. How isn't this 'cruel & unusual' punishment, not that 'proper' prison isn't for non-violent "offenders" whom actions haven't actually harmed people or property.

The UN sure seems to been a some agreement:

U.N. panel: WikiLeaks' Assange 'arbitrarily detained'
The United Nations ruled Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by the United Kingdom and Sweden since he was arrested in 2010 and that he should be allowed to leave Ecuador's Embassy in London without facing arrest.

In a statement, the U.N.'s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, called on both countries “to end Mr. Assange’s deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation.”

It said Assange's initial detention in a London prison, his subsequent house arrest and "confinement" at the embassy were "disproportionate" reactions.

Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London since June 2012. If he steps outside, British police said he would immediately be arrested and face extradition to Sweden and the United States. Sweden is seeking his extradition because Assange is accused of being involved in a suspected rape case, an allegation he denies. He has not been formally charged.


Here in the US we have a term known as "Time Served", that where if you spent jail time between an incident (related to it) and its eventually sentencing then the 'time served' during that period comes off of the sentence. In many cases people end up not serving any time.

I saw the time he has spent like this, and its toll on his health, should be considered towards "Time Served". What do you think?

In related news, he's even offering a "Plea Deal" of sorts:


WikiLeaks' Julian Assange offers to surrender to U.S. if Chelsea Manning is released
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the target of one of the largest national security investigations in U.S. history, agreed on Thursday to hand himself over to authorities. There’s only one catch.

In exchange for his surrender, Assange is asking President Barack Obama to grant clemency to Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army private convicted in 2013 of leaking sensitive government files to WikiLeaks. Under the U.S. Constitution, Obama has the authority to pardon or commute the sentences of prisoners convicted of federal crimes.

Manning, a transgender woman, is currently serving out the remainder of a 35-year prison sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Leavenworth, Kansas. She suffers from gender dysphoria (as diagnosed by military doctors) and in July attempted to end her own life, later citing a lack of appropriate treatment as the cause. The military agreed this week to allow Manning to undergo sex reassignment surgery drawing an end to a hunger strike initiated by the prisoner five days before.


Interesting times...




posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:22 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

He has not been arbitrarily detained and he can in fact leave anytime he wants. The UN jumping in has absolutely no force or effect and was an attempted end run around the Swedish, British and EU court systems, where he has lost his legal arguments.

As for his stunt with Manning... It is just that, a stunt. Manning would need to be pardoned first before Assange turns himself in. Once the pardon is signed there is no going back on it at which point Assange can say eff off and not turn himself in.

Secondly I find it interesting that he uses extradition to the US as an excuse to not go to Sweden but says he would surrender himself to the US if Manning is released. He is undermining his own argument.
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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:30 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

The situation is heart breaking.

And for those of you who think he deserves this I just have two questions.

Would the people "victimized" by his hacks have had anything leaked if their emails were on a government server (maybe, but I doubt it).

He and Snowden have shown how the government routinely breaks the laws and are suffering themselves for whistleblowing, which is supposed to be protected.

And I'd like someone to point out a police state that monitors all their civilians that didn't end in a dictatorship or fascism. And dont even bring up the point of who a fascist leans, left or right or were the Nazis socialist or right wing fascists. Because a few months after November we'll wake up from the spell and remember its one agenda, and a two sided facade to make us quarrel and forget the big picture.



Pssst, it's working, even for us the high and mighty informed.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:38 PM
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a reply to: CriticalStinker

Nice speech but I have to ask - Where are you getting your argument from? All he faces is extradition to Sweden over the rape charge. He has never been charged in the US for anything you brought up.

Some of the lies Assange used with regards to the US and being sent there -
* - He would be charged with treason. Lie - Assange is an Australian citizen and not a US citizen so treason does not apply.
* - He would be sent to Gitmo - Lie - He cant be sent to Gitmo as he is not classified as an enemy combatant caught on a foreign battlefield.
* - He would be placed into a rendition program in Sweden to be shipped to the US - Lie
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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:39 PM
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originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisssHow isn't this 'cruel & unusual' punishment, not that 'proper' prison isn't for non-violent "offenders" whom actions haven't actually harmed people or property.


The problem is, it's self inflicted. Assange hasn't been found guilty of anything, there's a warrant issued by Sweden to detain him for questioning, not to imprison him. The UK is merely enforcing the extradition request for that warrant.



Here in the US we have a term known as "Time Served", that where if you spent jail time between an incident (related to it) and its eventually sentencing then the 'time served' during that period comes off of the sentence. In many cases people end up not serving any time.


Assange isn't serving any time though. He hasn't been convicted of anything. I sympathize with his position, but there's probably a better way to go about what he's doing which essentially comes down to him hiding so that he doesn't disappear into US custody through an extradition. I think that Assange actually has a pretty strong case if the US were to try and take him (and his lawyers could determine if he simply vanished).

Unless of course, he actually did rape those two women, in which case what's happening now is probably justice.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:41 PM
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a reply to: Xcathdra

Trump has been accused of rape and Bill Clinton. Either they were false accusations for some sort of agenda, or they did it and the supporters of both dont care.

In this case I'll go with agenda. You can group me with supporter who hides their eyes, I wouldn't blame you. We all protect our ideology. Why would a man imprison himself longer when he reads alot o the emails of TPTB. He knows they're after him for embarrassing them. Sad part is for him and Snowden it's in vein because people are so brainwashed.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:43 PM
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a reply to: Xcathdra

Why would US DOJ unseal charges now when he's already afraid for his life? Why would he offer his life to save Chelsea Manning if he wasn't already 'sure' 'they want it'? I guess we'll see DOJ's response to his offer, eh?



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:45 PM
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a reply to: CriticalStinker

Which has nothing to do with what we were discussing. Assange is not facing charges in the US but Sweden. It's for rape and not releasing classified documents.

Finally the US and UK have a separate treaty for extradition outside the EU framework. It would be easier to extradite him from the UK than it would Sweden.

Finally for someone who wants to hold people accountable for their actions one would think the same standard Assange applies to everyone else would apply to himself.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:46 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

Please link me to the "sealed" charges.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:47 PM
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a reply to: Aazadan

C'mon you don't believe what you just wrote do you ?....He will be disappeared as soon as they can get a hold of him.....

To the OP...of course his health is deteriorating, and look now people are saying he is delusional because he is in hiding....he has made some pretty powerful people angry and they seem to have very long memories, far longer than the people who are watching the drama unfold....



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:49 PM
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a reply to: hopenotfeariswhatweneed

Do you honestly believe Assange didn't know what he was getting into when he started releasing State secrets? If Assange never bothered to take into account that releasing classified information from various countries would cause a backlash then he is stupider than I thought.

Ever wonder why he has not done the same with regards to Russia, China, North Korea etc? Maybe because those countries would end him if he did. Its not heroic when you pick countries who wont kill you.
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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:50 PM
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originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

Please link me to the "sealed" charges.


How can anyone if they're sealed ?!


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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:51 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

Link me to where it says there is a sealed indictment / charges.
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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:54 PM
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a reply to: Xcathdra

Like I said, I think those were made up charges to get him out in the open.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:55 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

He's not being detained, he can leave. Although he'd have to wait until like 2020, the charges expire



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 08:59 PM
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originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
C'mon you don't believe what you just wrote do you ?....He will be disappeared as soon as they can get a hold of him.....

To the OP...of course his health is deteriorating, and look now people are saying he is delusional because he is in hiding....he has made some pretty powerful people angry and they seem to have very long memories, far longer than the people who are watching the drama unfold....


I do, and I'm on Assange's side, I support his work.

Here's the thing though, a lot of time has passed and tempers aren't really flaring right now. In fact Assange is even heavily supported by both sides in the US right now, by the Democrats who like his work against Bush's screwed up actions in Iraq and by the Republicans who want to throw a parade for him because he's anti Hillary. There's not much of a push in the US to apprehend him right now.

Even if we do, a lawyer will be able to determine that he left Swedish custody and entered US custody. From that point, there's enough internal US support to ensure he gets a trial. If he gets a trial he's basically won, because the US has nothing to charge Assange with. He's not a US citizen and he didn't do any of his work on US soil so he was never under our jurisdiction to break a law.

If Assange wants out of his prison, the time to make a move is now.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 09:04 PM
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a reply to: Aazadan

He violated the espionage act and several other federal laws and its not relevant if he was in the US a the time of said crimes or not. Manning was not in the US when he broke the law either. Because there was more tha one person you have conspiracy. He provided Manning with the program that helped him avoid the computer protocols designed to detect and stop the sending of classified material.
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posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 09:07 PM
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Do you honestly believe Assange didn't know what he was getting into when he started releasing State secrets?


The simple fact that he is still in hiding suggests he knew damn well what he was getting into.....



Ever wonder why he has not done the same with regards to Russia, China, North Korea etc? Maybe because those countries would end him if he did.

He leaked information about his country what he felt the people should be aware of...why would he want to and or care about the other countries ...he has no affiliation with them what you are asking makes no sense...



Its not heroic when you pick countries who wont kill you.

What has this got to do with it ?....i never though he was a hero, he is just a guy who exposed secrets that some very influential people would have liked kept secret...there is nothing heroic about it




posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 09:07 PM
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originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Aazadan

He violated the espionage act and several other federal laws and its not relevant if he was in the US a the time of said crimes or not. Manning was not in the US when he broke the law either.


Manning was and is a US citizen. He was also on US soil, being on a military base. Assange was in Europe the whole time and is an Australian citizen. We have as much authority to prosecute him, as we do to go into Amsterdam and arrest a random Dutch citizen for smoking pot.



posted on Sep, 15 2016 @ 09:08 PM
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Here's the thing though, a lot of time has passed and tempers aren't really flaring right now.


Revenge is a dish best served cold....




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