UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer said that the way Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been treated has cumulatively had “the effects of psychological torture,” during an interview with Ruptly in Geneva on Friday.
“He has been confined to a very controlled space in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years, with a very limited amount of factors that could impact his life,” added Melzer.
Melzer also accused several democratic states of “ganging up” in order to prosecute and “isolate” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange without granting him protection.
Melzer argued that Assange will have “no chance to get a fair trial” in the event of his extradition to the US. He stressed that Washington wants “to get their hands” on Assange in order “to conduct a show trial” to deter others from engaging in similar activities.
The UN special rapporteur also discussed a new indictment of Assange that has added 17 more charges, saying the media “have all reasons to be concerned about this type of proceedings,” which he said “might set a precedent that would be extremely harmful for press freedom around the world.”
Melzer condemned the failure of procedural due process in revoking Assange’s asylum, noting that “a president just deciding one morning that ‘today I would expel Julian Assange and take away his citizenship’ is certainly not even constitutional under Ecuadorian law.”
The UN special expert also denounced what he described as the “constant vilification” and “unrestrained threats” against Assange by the mainstream media and a number of officials.
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