Julian Assange, who is held at London’s Belmarsh prison is suffering from poor health as a result of mistreatment in prison, according to journalist John Pilger, who recently visited the WikiLeaks founder.
Pilger said that he now fears for Assange.
Describing Assange’s “deteriorating” condition, Pilger tweeted that he was being treated worse than a murderer.
Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London on April 11. He received a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in a Swedish investigation regarding an alleged sexual assault.
He now faces extradition to the United States, where he is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information. If found guilty, he could receive up to 175 years in prison.
Assange has been ‘wanted’ by Washington’s for years, after Wikileaks gained notoriety for publishing a leaked video showing the US military attacking journalists and civilians in Iraq in July 2007.