Julian Assange’s Health in Dangerous Condition

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks website that published US Government secrets, has been wanted in Sweden on charges of rape since 2012. He sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and today police have said he will still face arrest if he leaves. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Julian Assange, the eccentric founder of the anonymous leak portal WikiLeaks, is reportedly in bad shape. Doctors are warning that Assange’s health is in a “dangerous” condition.

According to the Guardian,

Julian Assange’s long stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is having a “dangerous” impact on his physical and mental health, according to clinicians who carried out the most recent assessments of him.

The pair renewed calls for the WikiLeaks publisher to be granted safe passage to a London hospital.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for nearly six years. He sought refuge in the internationally-recognized safe zone after his organization, the infamous WikiLeaks, published a trove of U.S. military secrets and diplomatic cables provided by former soldier Chelsea Manning. Ostensibly wanted by Swedish authorities in regards to a rape accusation, Assange suspects that he will be extradite to the U.S. if he steps foot outside the embassy.

But, it looks like stepping foot outside may be what Assange needs to do if he wants to stay alive. A team of London doctors recently examined the forced recluse. Here’s what they wrote in an article for the Guardian:

As clinicians with a combined experience of four decades caring for and about refugees and other traumatised populations, we recently spent 20 hours, over three days, performing a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation of Mr Assange. While the results of the evaluation are protected by doctor-patient confidentiality, it is our professional opinion that his continued confinement is dangerous physically and mentally to him, and a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare.

Certainly spending over half a decade in the small confined parts of a lone building is not healthy, physically or mentally. But what did Assange really expect when he recklessly published U.S. military secrets, many of which were classified and put soldiers in harm’s way? Did he really expect a comfortable life after that?

Not to mention all the wily intervention WikiLeaks played in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the recent presidential elections in France.

Assange wanted to play the part of an international martyr. Now, it seems, his self-created drama is entering the final act.

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