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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Julian Assange: Prisoner of Conscience
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On April 11, Assange was illegally arrested, forcibly dragged from Ecuador's London embassy where he was given asylum by former President Rafael Correa in August 2012.
He's held under draconian solitary confinement conditions at London's high-security Belmarsh prison, Britain's Gitmo – ahead of extraditing him to the US for the "crime" of journalism the way it's supposed to be.
According to his father John Shipton, Assange was "in crushing isolation for his last 18 months" in the Ecuadorian embassy," enduring psychological torture.
Ahead of his arrest, he asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring his son home, arguing it was "time for Australia to step up diplomatic efforts" on his behalf, adding:
"The WikiLeaks library contains three million cables for the United
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