Assange has been prevented from seeing his family since October, denounces his lawyer

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who has been held since April 2019 in a London prison after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in the British capital, has not been able to see his family since October, his lawyer denounced today, Jennifer Robinson. The defender also warned about the delicate state of health of the cyber activist.

“The conditions are very difficult, he has not seen his partner and his children since October, he has not been able to hug them for almost a year, he is very isolated,” said Robinson, who together with the Australian’s defense team insist that the detention is illegal.

In addition, Robinson stressed at a press conference that his client’s case could create a dangerous precedent for other journalists.

The lawyer recalled that the cyber activist was diagnosed with severe depressive disorder, which led the judge to reject his extradition to the United States.

Along the same lines, the director of WikiLeaks, Kristinn Hrafnsson, warned today that the Assange case shows that Washington can prosecute any journalist in the world if it considers that their information goes against their interests.

“Even if he is released, that will not end the danger that looms against all journalists in the world,” Hrafnsson said.

The defense team reiterated the request that the British Justice release Assange while the extradition case is being settled, due to his delicate state of health.

In January, the British magistrate Vanessa Baraitser ruled not to extradite Assange to the United States, arguing for health reasons and the risk of suicide in the US prison system. However, it did not release him from the high security prison where he has been held since the Ecuadorian embassy in London withdrew his asylum, in April 2019, and he was arrested.

The United States Department of Justice claims Assange for a crime of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and 17 counts of accessing, obtaining and disclosing secret military and diplomatic documents, between 2010 and 2011.

The charges against Assange carry a total penalty of 175 years in prison.

Assange is responsible for the largest leak of classified information in history through WikiLeaks, which shed light on the war crimes committed by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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