The WikiLeaks publisher is in a maximum-security prison that has been called the U.K.’s Guantanamo Bay, Elizabeth Vos reports.
By Elizabeth Vos
Special to Consortium News
While Julian Assange waits for what comes next — sentencing on skipping bail in England and a U.S. extradition request — he is being held in a maximum-security prison in London that has been called the “U.K.’s Guantanamo Bay” and has been used to detain alleged terrorists, sometimes indefinitely.
The reputation of HM Prison Belmarsh raises natural concerns about the wellbeing of the WikiLeaks publisher there.
“While many prisoners at Belmarsh say it’s difficult to see a doctor or a nurse, these services are available at the facility,” reports Bloomberg News, regarding the possibility of Assange receiving overdue medical attention.
Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh had been used to detain high-profile national security prisoners indefinitely without charge under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act of 2001, passed six weeks after 9/11, until the House of Lords ruled it violated the British discriminatory and against the