Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has made no secret of his annoyance with the man he refers to a “hacker,” calling Assange “a stone in his shoe” as Ecuador seeks to restructure itself as a trusted ally of the United States.
by Elliott Gabriel
Part 2 - An attack on Assange’s mental health
Sealed off from the internet, phone calls, or outside visitors, the 46-year-old Assange is now faced with deteriorating health, an inability to visit the hospital to treat chronic health maladies, and conditions usually suffered by those held in solitary confinement.
Last August, Assange explained to The New Yorker that he suffers from bouts of anxiety and depression due to his isolation, often remaining awake for anywhere between 18 and 22 hours per day: “The walls of the Embassy are as familiar as the interior of my eyelids … I see them, but I do not see them.”
Rafael Correa — the former president of Ecuador, who extended asylum to Assange in 2012 while the U.S., Britain and Sweden sought his detention — has denounced the move as a blatant attempt to psychologically torment the whistleblower. Speaking to The Intercept, the popular former head of state noted: “Denial of visitors is a clear violation of his rights. Once we give asylum to someone, we are responsible for his safety, for ensuring humane living conditions. Without communications to the outside world and visits from anyone, the government is basically attacking Julian’s mental health.”