Father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attended a public hearing on his son’s case as well as on the freedom of the press, and commented on Assange’s health and prison conditions, in Berlin on Wednesday.
“He is suffering the effects psychologically and physically, of seven, eight, nine, nine…nearly ten years of persecution. The last three years of which were very intense,” stressed Shipton. He added that despite his son’s “considerable strength, he will die, if this continues, he will die.”
Shipton was accompanied by WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and Assange’s lawyer Renata Avila who also made their comments.
Avila said that Assange’s case has to “end on the 25th of February” with Hrafnsson , in turn, stressing that the WikiLeaks founder “is a political prisoner on European soil. And we have all duty and responsibility to do everything in our power to save him and save his life, thank you.”
Assange is currently incarcerated in London’s Belmarsh Prison while he faces extradition to the United States on conspiracy and espionage charges.
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