A video purportedly displaying a gaunt Julian Assange inside a most safety British jail has been leaked.
The five-and-a-half minute-long clip was uploaded to YouTube by Russian media outlet Russia At present on Friday, which claims the video was filmed by an inmate inside Belmarsh jail in south-east London.
Throughout the clip, which the ABC has not been capable of independently confirm, the WikiLeaks founder is seen speaking with different prisoners whereas carrying a blue sweatshirt and gray denims.
A timestamp on the video reveals the date of July 7 2017, however RT claims “this discrepancy was resulting from a defective setting on the recording machine and that the video was certainly shot inside Belmarsh jail”.
Assange is serving a 50-week jail sentence at Belmarsh after being discovered responsible of skipping bail and avoiding police by spending seven years within the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
He missed a court docket look on the finish of Might resulting from ill-health, prompting WikiLeaks to launch an announcement that Assange had been moved to a health-ward inside the utmost safety facility.
“Throughout the seven weeks in Belmarsh his well being has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically misplaced weight,” it added in an announcement in Might.
“The choice of jail authorities to maneuver him to the well being ward speaks for itself.”
The UK’s Ministry of Justice declined to remark to the ABC concerning the unverified video, however it’s forbidden to have filming or recording units inside a jail and any prisoner can count on extra jail time if caught with one.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson stated it was “fairly apparent” the video was taken earlier than Assange was transferred into the well being ward.
“We who know him really recognise that he has misplaced quite a lot of weight and it is seen,” he stated on Tuesday.
Assange is subsequent resulting from seem in court docket on June 14.
On Tuesday afternoon Assange was visited at Belmarsh jail by his father, John Shipton, and Chinese language artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who each raised issues concerning the quantity of weight the 47-year-old had misplaced whereas incarcerated.
“He is misplaced about 10kg of weight and he is psychologically beneath quite a lot of stress and strain, however he is decided and (his) spirit’s very robust and he’ll be again within the struggle very quickly,” Mr Shipton instructed the ABC.
He stated Assange’s well being situation had “stabilised” and he believed he would transfer out of the well being facility within the subsequent few days.
Regardless of his bettering well being, Mr Shipton stated it was “extraordinarily troublesome” for his son to organize for his defence in opposition to extradition to the US on espionage prices whereas contained in the jail.
“There are some issues in being right here, in that it is unimaginable to organize a case since you solely get two social visits a month, no entry to a library, no entry to computer systems,” Mr Shipton stated.
“So it is extraordinarily troublesome to organize a case in these circumstances in Belmarsh.”
Mr Shipton appeared upset exterior the jail after assembly his son, and wiped away tears.
“Julian is a gentile mental in a most safety jail,” he stated.
“He was an asylee, and there are guidelines and conventions governing asylees, dragooned out of the Ecuadorian embassy, offered by the Ecuadorians, an Australian citizen offered by the Ecuadorians for an IMF mortgage.”
He known as on the Australian authorities to “diplomatically defend an Australian citizen”, and likewise revealed Assange had requested him to maneuver from his dwelling in Melbourne to the UK.
“He simply stated might I transfer over to the UK and I stated ‘sure, I will be right here in August’,” Mr Shipton stated. “I am delighted.”
Photos: Julian Assange: A timeline
December 2006: WikiLeaks begins functioning
February 2008: Cayman Island corruption
April 2010: Collateral harm in Baghdad taking pictures
Might 27, 2010: Bradley Manning arrested
July 25, 2010: Afghanistan struggle logs
Aug. 20, 2010: Stockholm journey
Nov. 30, 2010: A wished man
Nov. 28, 2010: Diplomatic releases
Dec. 7, 2010: Arrested in London
Dec. 16, 2010: Crowd-sourced bail
Feb. 24, 2011: Extradition
June 19, 2012: Refuge within the embassy
Aug. 16, 2012: Asylum granted
Dec. 20, 2012: Christmas message
February 2015: Rising prices
Aug. 13, 2015: Sweden drops allegations
Feb. 4, 2016: UN ruling
July 22, 2016: Democratic Nationwide Committee leak