Julian Assange was strip searched and transferred to a bare cell the same day UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition to the US, she added, RT reported.
“Prison is a constant humiliation, but what happened on Friday was particularly cruel,” said Moris, who married Assange in March, adding that guards told their inmate that everything had been done “for his own protection”.
According to Moris, the guards were looking for anything that could be used by a person to kill themselves. In the bare cell where Assange was placed, guards checked his status every hour until he was allowed back into his cell on Tuesday.
The WikiLeaks founder is currently in Belmarsh maximum security prison in south-east London, having been placed there in April 2019 as the UK decided to extradite him to the US. On June 17, Patel approved his transfer to the United States.
A British court initially refused the extradition request on the grounds that Assange might otherwise kill himself or face inhumane treatment in US custody. But Washington successfully appealed the decision, offering the UK assurances that the Australian’s rights would be upheld.
“The fact that he is imprisoned while this outrageous extradition continues is a grave injustice in itself. He has to deal with all of this, while preparing for a complex appeal to the High Court,” Moris said. Assange still has the right to appeal the decision within 14 days of June 17.
“This kind of thing never becomes more tolerable. Anyone would find that degrading. The mental strain on Julian is enormous as he has to deal with what is essentially a death sentence,” Moris said, adding that extradition to the United States would “lead him to commit suicide.”
This is not a “regular discussion about mental health”, she insisted, adding that “we are talking about driving a person to suicide”.
Moris, who has two children with Assange, pledged to “use every avenue available” and “every waking hour to fight for Julian until he is free”. John Rees, a leading member of the campaign to free Assange from the authorities, also called Patel’s decision “illegal” and said the WikiLeaks founder’s supporters “must redouble their efforts to stop the attack.” ‘extradition”.
The UK Home Office said last week that the UK courts “did not find that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange”, adding that they also believed his rights would be respected.
Assange has been a target for the United States since 2010, when WikiLeaks released a trove of State Department cables and Pentagon documents detailing alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has since been accused of attempting to hack into Pentagon computers and is charged under the US Espionage Act for WikiLeaks’ release of classified documents. If extradited to the United States, he faces up to 175 years behind bars.