WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to U.S.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England. After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard Police Officers inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Central London this morning. Ecuador's President, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's Asylum after seven years citing repeated violations to international conventions. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England. After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard Police Officers inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Central London this morning. Ecuador's President, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's Asylum after seven years citing repeated violations to international conventions. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT – Tuesday, October 26, 2021

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S. in an upcoming trial.

Assange’s partner, Stella Morris, held a press conference ahead of the hearing in London Monday. She began by remarking on the abhorrent condition she found him in a Belmarsh prison, where he has been incarcerated for the past 2.5 years.

“I was quite taken aback by how this he was,” said Morris. “He was wearing a t-shirt so I hadn’t seen his arms for a long time. So, I could see how thin he got.”

Morris went on to express her fears of what could happen if Assange should be moved to the U.S. She likened his possible fate to that of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“It is now known that the CIA was plotting to murder Julian and kidnap him, and carry out completely illegal acts just like the Saudi government did to Jamal Khashoggi and actually carried out the murder,” said Morris. “The CIA was planning to do the same against Julian.”

Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks (L) and Julian Assange's partner Stella Moris attend a briefing with members of the media in London on October 25, 2021, ahead of the appeal of the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. - The US will on on October 27, 2021 begin its appeal to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face trial for publishing US secrets, after a British judge blocked their request in January. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Stella Moris] instead of [Stella Morris]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks (L) and Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris attend a briefing with members of the media in London on October 25, 2021, ahead of the appeal of the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Morris claimed a British ruling of extradition would be sending her partner to the country that plotted to kill him.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed the theory of an Assange murder plot by the CIA is not far-fetched. He went on to cite a Yahoo News report affirming the possibility of the claim.

“It is the CIA who can dictate and demand that a prisoner of the U.S. system is put into isolation by whatever they deem as national security grounds. So, the scenario is this: Julian, if extradited, his fate will be in the hand of the agency who was drawing up plans to kill or kidnap him,” said Hrafnsson.

Assange’s U.K. high court hearing is set for Wednesday. Should he be tried in the U.S., he will be prosecuted under the Espionage Act and face up to 175 years in prison for leaking classified Army Intelligence documents.

The WikiLeaks founder spent seven years living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London before being apprehended by authorities.

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