Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire has accused the British government of mentally torturing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently holed up in Ecuador’s London mission.
After visiting Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Maguire published an article accusing London of depriving Assange of certain rights that all political prisoners are entitled to, such as fresh air and the knowledge of how long their imprisonment would last.
Assange has been stranded in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June, after seeking and being granted Asylum by the Ecuador to prevent the British government from extraditing him to Sweden, where he is wanted over allegations of sexual misconduct.
“He has been confined indoors with no possibility of even 5 minutes in the fresh air, a basic right for all political prisoners,” Maguire said.
"Unlike most political prisoners he has no idea how long his virtual imprisonment in the embassy, will last, 6 more months or 6 years, whilst this diplomatic standoff continues. This is indeed cruel, inhumane and mental torture,” she added.
Maguire said she believes British, US and Swedish governments are all complicit in Assange’s mental torture.
Maguire and Assange's supporters believe his extradition to Sweden is an orchestrated plot to hand him over to the US, where he could face harsh consequences for exposing secret US files on the WikiLeaks website.