Julian Assange suffered stroke in jail, fiancée says ‘never-ending court cases stressful’

Julian Assange suffered stroke in jail, fiancée says ‘never-ending court cases stressful’

LONDON: WikiLeaks’s 50-year-old founder Julian Assange held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison in the UK has suffered a stroke resulting in drooping right eyelid, memory lapse, and other neurological damages as he battled to avoid being extradited to the US after the British appellate court’s ruling.
According to the reports, Assange suffered a stroke as he appeared with the jurors of the High Court via video link in October for his hearing. Assange has been struggling with stress, UK’s leading news outlets quoted his fiancee Stella Moris as saying.
She further informed that Julian Assange had been on anti-stroke medication, and had an MRI scan while held in the prison as his health had been on the decline.
“Julian is struggling and I fear this mini-stroke could be the precursor to a more major attack. It compounds our fears about his ability to survive the longer this long legal battle goes on,” Moris told UK’s Mail.
“It urgently needs to be resolved. Look at animals trapped in cages in a zoo. It cuts their life short. That’s what’s happening to Julian. The never-ending court cases are extremely stressful mentally,” she reportedly added.
WikiLeaks’ boss had previously complained of hearing imaginary voices and music while in a high-security British detention cell. His lawyers had argued that he would be at a “very high” suicide risk if he were extradited to the United States for classified data and military secrets on the platform.
Reports also stated that Julian Assange’s psychiatrist, Michael Kopelman, who interviewed him at least 20 times, confirmed the decline in his mental state, adding that he was suicidal and suffering from “severe depression” and “psychotic symptoms.” —Agencies

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