According to the Press Association, the founder of WikiLeaks had a relationship with his protector during his stay at the Ecuadorian embassy.
The lawyer of the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange – Stella Morris – filed an appeal demanding his release from British prison, claiming that her client is at increased risk of infection with coronavirus. This was reported by the British agency Press Association on Saturday evening, April 11.
Assange has been held at London’s Belmarsh prison for a year since he left the embassy of Evador, where the strictest regime is in place. As such, the defence has concerns about his state of health. “He is in isolation for 23 hours a day and all visits have stopped,” Morris said.
According to the lawyer, if Assangeh has to testify by video link on May 18 – when the hearing in his case is due to resume – he could be at risk of contracting a new type of virus as he would have to move from his cell to a special room equipped with filming equipment. To do this, the founder of WikiLeaks will have to go through the entire prison.
The U.S. authorities intend to charge Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espy Act and one charge of conspiring to carry out a hacker attack to steal thousands of secret diplomatic and military documents.
Assange may have been in connection with his protector.
Meanwhile, the Press Association, citing court documents, reported that Julian Assange and Stella Morris had been in relations since 2015. While the Australian journalist was at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, he had two children – Gabriel (3 years) and Max (1 year). However, the agency does not specify whether this fact may lead to a conflict of interest during the hearing.
On 25 March, the London Court refused to release the founder of WikiLeaks temporarily due to the pandemic. The judge noted that there were no cases of COVID-19 in the prison and recalled that the Government’s recommendations did not yet provide for automatic release of prisoners.
Meanwhile, according to the Press Association, there are currently cases of Coronavirus infection in this prison and one prisoner has already died of a lung disease that he caused.
The founder of Wikileaks was first arrested in 2010.
The British police arrested Assange at the request of Sweden, who wanted to question him on charges of rape and sexual harassment by two women. Assange refused to go to Stockholm, where an arrest warrant was issued, claiming that he feared extradition or illegal extradition to the United States. But in 2012, he did not appear before a British court where his extradition was to be considered, but took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and spent seven years there.
In April 2019, a court found Assange guilty of failing to appear seven years ago, at which time the Ecuadorian authorities allowed the British police to enter the Embassy and arrest him. The founder of Wikileaks was sent to a maximum security prison for 50 weeks. Sweden, meanwhile, closed the case against Assange.
The extradition trial in the U.S. will last several months.
Within a week, the parties were to present their opening arguments, after which the hearing was adjourned until 18 May, when the evidence of both parties was to be made public. An appeal from a losing party is likely to follow. Observers note that the trial continues after Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as the country seeks a new trade deal with the US.
The trial is being held with active protests from Julian Assange’s supporters. They began their statements on the eve of the opening of the trial. Among them were seen designer Vivienne Westwood, musician, one of the founders of the group Pink Floyd Roger Waters, actress Sadie Frost.