Julian Assange ‘strip searched and moved cell’ on day of extradition announcement

Julian Assange was strip searched and moved to a bare cell on the day the Home Secretary announced she was allowing his extradition to the United States, his wife said.

Stella Assange said the WikiLeaks founder was told he was being moved to a bare cell “for his own protection”.

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“Imagine what it’s like for him to have to process this alone,” said Mrs Assange.

(left to right) Julian Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson, Stella Assange, the wife of Julian Assange, and Director of the Foreign Press Association Deborah Bonetti talking to the media at the Royal Over-Seas League in London, after Priti Patel signed an order to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the US to face espionage charges. Picture date: Friday June 17, 2022.

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John Rees, a leading member of the campaign for Mr Assange to be freed, told the PA news agency: “This is simply extrajudicial punishment.

“It’s unacceptable and it’s surely illegal. But it shows how much pressure the authorities are under to free Assange that they behave this vindictively.

“We need to redouble our efforts to stop the extradition, for Julian Assange’s sake and for the defence of a free press.”

File photo dated 19/05/17 of Julian Assange speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London,

Last week Priti Patel signed an order to extradite Assange to the US to face espionage charges.