Assange ‘in a lot of pain’ says partner after prison visit

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020 – 14:20 PM

ALAN JONES, PA INDUSTRIAL CORRESPONDENT

Julian Assange’s partner has visited him in prison for the first time in almost six months, and said he looked much thinner than last time she saw him.

Stella Moris took the couple’s two young children to meet their father, who is being held in Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, awaiting an extradition hearing on behalf of the United States government.

Ms Moris and the WikiLeaks founder had to wear face masks and visors for the 20-minute meeting and were not allowed to touch each other.

She told the PA news agency it was “incredibly stressful” but expressed relief at being able to visit him for the first time since March 22.

“We had to keep social distancing and Julian was told he would have to self-isolate for two weeks if he touched the children.

“Julian said it was the first time he had been given a mask because things are very different behind the doors.

“I could not see him very clearly because of the visors, but he looked a lot thinner.

“He was wearing a yellow armband to indicate his level of prisoner status, and you could see how thin his arms were.

“At least he got to see the children, even though he couldn’t touch them. The children were both calm – we all remained seated the whole time.”

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