Julian Assange showing extreme stress, chronic anxiety

Spending seven long years inside the campus of London’s Ecuadorian Embassy the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is now showing state of extreme stress, constant panic and chronic anxiety.

A leading United Nations expert lately visited Assange in prison and said, “You talk with him and he is extremely agitated. He had all these questions: What’s going on there? What is in this proceeding? And what’s going to happen here?”

UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, added that Assange is blaming United States, Sweden and United Kingdom for ganging up on him and subjecting to psychological torture.

Melzer said Assange is preoccupied with questions and does not wait for answers.

In 2012 Assange took refuge at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was facing rape and sexual assault charges.

Presently he is held at London’s high-security Belmarsh prison. He was hauled out of the embassy in April. He is facing 50 weeks of jail term for skipping bail.

Meanwhile, US announced charging Assange with 17 counts under Espionage Act of 1917.

UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, added that Assange is blaming United States, Sweden and United Kingdom for ganging up on him and subjecting to psychological torture.

According to Melzer if Assange is extradited to the US, he may be ill treated and tortured. He may face solitary confinement, sensory deprivation and prolonged isolation.

If convicted in the US, Assange may face up to 175 years of prison.

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