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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.
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.
The paper also mentions that Assange suffers from “chronic dental pain from a fractured tooth” which he claims affects his ability to sleep & work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
Do you honestly believe Assange didn't know what he was getting into when he started releasing State secrets?
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
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.