Julian Assange Is Doing Better: Rep

WikiLeaks founder has been moved out of solitary confinement
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2020 6:57 PM CST
Julian Assange Is Doing Better: Rep
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leaves in a prison van after appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, for an administrative hearing in London, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.   (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire via AP)

(Newser) – A month and a half after Julian Assange said he was "slowly dying" inside a London prison, the WikiLeaks founder's spokesperson says Assange is doing better. He's been moved from solitary confinement, the rep says, per Reuters: "I saw him about 10 days ago—he has improved thanks to the pressure from his legal team, the general public, and amazingly, actually from other inmates in Belmarsh Prison to get him out of isolation." Assange, 48, is fighting extradition to the US on espionage charges; an extradition hearing begins next week. Assange's father told the BBC this week that he fears extradition would effectively amount to a "death sentence" for his son. (Read more Julian Assange stories.)

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