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World Wikileaks founder Assange's health improving in prison - spokesman

16:20  18 february  2020
16:20  18 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no longer being held in solitary confinement and his health is improving , his colleague and spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no longer being kept in solitary confinement and his health is improving , his spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters on Tuesday. Assange , 48, is in Belmarsh high-security prison in London, fighting an extradition request

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LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no longer being held in solitary confinement and his health is improving, his colleague and spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters on Tuesday.

Assange, 48, is in prison in London, fighting an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 18 counts including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted.

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WikiLeaks ' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 13, 2020. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson on the other hand has claimed that Assange ’ s health is improving and he is no longer being held in solitary confinement.

Group’ s open letter calls for Wikileaks founder to be moved from London high-security jail to hospital.

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London © Reuters/Henry Nicholls FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London His supporters had expressed concern about the state of his health after he appeared confused during a court hearing in October, struggling to recall his age and name and saying he was unable to think properly.

"I saw him about 10 days ago. He has improved thanks to the pressure from his legal team, the general public, and amazingly, actually from other inmates in Belmarsh Prison to get him out of isolation," Hrafnsson told a news conference ahead of an extradition hearing that starts next week.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, Jennifer Robinson are posing for a picture: WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and lawyer Jennifer Robinson attend a news conference ahead of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's U.S. extradition case, in London © Reuters/STRINGER WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and lawyer Jennifer Robinson attend a news conference ahead of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's U.S. extradition case, in London

The Australian-born Assange made global headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.

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According to a press release by WikiLeaks , its founder , Julian Assange , has been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh Prison , the British jail in which he' s been serving a 50-week sentence for skipping Our website uses cookies to improve its performance and enhance your user experience.

'I'm slowly dying here': Julian Assange tells journalist friend his health is worsening in slurred phone Wikileaks founder is currently being held in Belmarsh Prison , south east London Now his friend Vaughan Smith has claimed Assange ' s health is now deteriorating Julian Assange revealed his health is worsening and said 'I'm slowly dying here' in a slurred

WikiLeaks later angered the United States by publishing caches of leaked military documents and diplomatic cables.

Assange has consistently said that his legal travails were politically motivated, presenting himself as a champion of free speech who was being persecuted for exposing abuses of power. But his critics paint him as a dangerous figure complicit in Russian efforts to undermine the West.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, Jennifer Robinson, Andrew Wilkie, George Christensen standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen attend a news conference ahead of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's U.S. extradition case, in London © Reuters/STRINGER WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen attend a news conference ahead of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's U.S. extradition case, in London

He fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning about allegations of sex crimes which have since been dropped. He spent seven years holed up in the embassy, until Ecuador decided to stop giving him refuge. He was dragged out in May 2019.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (on then screen) takes part in a teleconference during the 2nd International Congress on Universal Jurisdiction in The UK and Sweden should respect and abide by UN panel ruling if it establishes that WikiLeaks ’ founder Julian Assange ’ s detention in London is

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be ‘tortured to death’ in prison warn doctors. The letter said: " Assange is in a dire state of health due to the effects of prolonged psychological torture in both the Ecuadorian embassy and Belmarsh prison , where he has been arbitrarily detained according to

His father, John Shipton, said Assange's long confinement indoors had damaged his health.

"The ceaseless anxiety that Julian's been under for now 10 years has had a profoundly deleterious effect," he told BBC television on Tuesday.

"I imagine that he will be really worried because being sent to the United States is a death sentence."

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill and Sarah Young, writing by Estelle Shirbon/Guy Faulconbridge)

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