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WikiLeaks' Assange suffered from "psychological torture" - U.N. rights expert

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Published on May 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s

WikiLeaks' Assange suffered from "psychological torture" - U.N. rights expert

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suffered psychological torture from a defamation campaign and should not be extradited to the United States where he would face a "politicized show trial," a U.N.

Human rights investigator said on Friday.

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WikiLeaks' Assange suffered from "psychological torture" - U.N. rights expert

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suffered psychological torture from a defamation campaign and should not be extradited to the United States where he would face a "politicized show trial," a U.N.

Human rights investigator said on Friday (May 31).

Nils Melzer, the U.N.

Special rapporteur on torture who visited Assange in a high-security London prison on May 9 along with two medical experts, said that he found him agitated, under severe stress and unable to cope with his complex legal case.

"Our finding was that Mr. Assange shows all the symptoms of a person who has been exposed to psychological torture for a prolonged period of time.

The psychiatrist who accompanied my mission said that his state of health was critical," Melzer told Reuters in an interview in Geneva.

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