Assange Has Spent 1,000 Days In The “Harshest Prison In UK”

Assange Has Spent 1,000 Days In The “Harshest Prison In UK”
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Assange Has Spent 1,000 Days In The “Harshest Prison In UK”

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By Brett Wilkins via Common Dreams

Press freedom campaigners on Wednesday marked Julian Assange’s 1,000th day of imprisonment in London’s Belmarsh Prison with renewed demands for the WikiLeaks publisher’s freedom ahead of his looming potential extradition to the United States.

Assange’s partner Stella Morris said in a statement: “It will be 1,000 days this Wednesday that Julian Assange has spent in the harshest prison in the U.K. His young children, ages two and four, have no memory of their father outside the highest security prison of the U.K.”

“The future of journalism is at stake – it will not stop with Julian Assange” #FreeAssangeNOW pic.twitter.com/CZxF6uTyul

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 5, 2022

“Journalism is not a crime,” the Assange Defense Committee tweeted. “#FreeAssange. #DropTheCharges.”

The likelihood of Assange’s extradition to the United States—where he faces charges of violating the Espionage Act that, if he is convicted, could result in a more than 170-year prison sentence—increased last month after the US won an appeal in the U.K. High Court.

Assange can still appeal to the country’s Supreme Court, but there is no guarantee it will consider his case.

Morris and other advocates have previously drawn attention to conditions at Belmarsh, Britain’s first supermax prison, where violence, prisoner self-harm, and Covid-19 are rampant.


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