Prison life is apparently taking such a toll on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that he has sufferred a stroke, according to his South African-born fiancee Stella Morris.
Daily Mail reports has cited Morris as having said that Assange had a stroke in Belmarsh Prison on Saturday, 11 December 2021. Assange is reportedly in such a bad state – a drooping right eyelid, memory problems and signs of neurological damage.
Both Morris and Assange apparently believe that his stroke was triggerred by the stress from his ongoing legal drama with the United States (US). Assange is currently fighting efforts to extradite him to the US where he faces espionage charges stemming from his procurement and leaking of classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Assange has been at the prison since 2019 after he was infamously hauled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
FIANCEE: JULIAN ASSANGE TAKING ANTI-STROKE MEDICATION
Julian Assange’s health has reportedly been on the decline since October 2021. According to Daily Mail, Assange has had to have an MRI scan after suffering a ‘transient ischaemic attack’ (which can be a warning sign of a full stroke) and is now taking anti-stroke medication. Stella Morris, who got enagaged to Assange in 2017, has bemoaned the Australian national’s imprisonment.
“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. 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”
Stella Morris, Julian Assange’s fiancee
Morris claims Assange was kept inside his prison cell for unreasonably long periods of time without enough fresh air and an adequate diet. All this comes as Assange’s case sufferred a blow – on Friday, the US won an appeal against a UK court ruling that had blocked extraditing Assange.