UK: Assange's father and colleagues give statements after second day of extradition trial

Julian Assange's father John Shipton and some more of the WikiLeak's founder's colleagues and supporters gave statements regarding the second day of his four-week extradition hearing at the Old Bailey in London on Tuesday. Those interviewed explained that anti-torture organisation 'Reprieve' leader Clive Stafford Smith gave evidence in the morning session and professor of journalism Mark Feldstein was quizzed in the afternoon session. «He [Clive Stafford Smith] testified that the United States involves itself in the torture, murder, even describing the attack on a person by a torturer with a razorblade to their genitals. So that was the morning,» explained Shipton. Recounting the opinions shared by Feldstein, Assanges father also mentioned what was discussed in the afternoon session. «Under the Obama administration it was considered a too difficult prospect to indict Julian. However, under the Trump administration they've decided on a worldwide oppression of journalism, publishers and publications. That was in evidence this afternoon, tomorrow we have more,» stated Shipton. The hearings come months later than initially planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to his supporters, Assange is in poor health and has been under threat of contracting the virus in prison where infection cases have been reported. «He is obviously tired, he is obviously in distress in a way to be here in the courtroom, knowing that his fate and his future will be decided in the next few weeks. Although there of course will be possibilities to appeal and keep the fight going. So, that's what I can say, he is not in a good place I know that, and no wonder if you look at the treatment that he has had,» explained WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson. The WikiLeaks founder has been behind bars in Belmarsh Prison since he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2019. He faces multiple charges in the US related to espionage.
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