Assange Has Spent 1,000 Days In The “Harshest Prison In UK”
By Brett Wilkins via Common Dreams
Press freedom campaigners on Wednesday marked Julian Assange’s 1,000th day of imprisonment in London’s Belmarsh Prison with renewed demands for the WikiLeaks publisher’s freedom ahead of his looming potential extradition to the United States.
Assange’s partner Stella Morris said in a statement: “It will be 1,000 days this Wednesday that Julian Assange has spent in the harshest prison in the U.K. His young children, ages two and four, have no memory of their father outside the highest security prison of the U.K.”
“The future of journalism is at stake – it will not stop with Julian Assange” #FreeAssangeNOW pic.twitter.com/CZxF6uTyul
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 5, 2022
“Journalism is not a crime,” the Assange Defense Committee tweeted. “#FreeAssange. #DropTheCharges.”
The likelihood of Assange’s extradition to the United States—where he faces charges of violating the Espionage Act that, if he is convicted, could result in a more than 170-year prison sentence—increased last month after the US won an appeal in the U.K. High Court.
Assange can still appeal to the country’s Supreme Court, but there is no guarantee it will consider his case.
Morris and other advocates have previously drawn attention to conditions at Belmarsh, Britain’s first supermax prison, where violence, prisoner self-harm, and Covid-19 are rampant.
Every serious press freedom organization in the world is calling for Assange’s release, and yet the government absolutely refuses to comment—because they know nothing they say can justify such a clear act of political repression.
Today marks 1,000 days that @wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has been unjustly detained at London’s Belmarsh prison, where his mental and physical health remain at high risk. He has been targeted for his contributions to journalism. It’s beyond time to #FreeAssange! pic.twitter.com/wboPv9NGEK
— RSF (@RSF_inter) January 5, 2022
Assange’s numerous maladies—Morris said he suffered a mini-stroke in October, and he also has heart and respiratory ailments—place the 50-year-old at elevated risk of potentially deadly Covid-19 complications, health experts say.
(TLB) published this article By Brett Wilkins via Common Dreams with our appreciation for this Assange coverage
Header featured image (edited) credit: Protesters demonstrate against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder and publisher Julian Assange in London on December 11, 2021. (Photo: Belinda Jlao/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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