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UK and U.S. Engaging in the 'Slow and Cruel Assassination' of Julian Assange, His Mother Claims

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On Saturday, Christine Ann Hawkins, the mother of Julian Assange, accused Britain and the U.S. of slowly assassinating her son, who was granted asylum by Ecuador and is currently being held in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. She reported that Ecuador's new president has imposed new rules on Assange's confinement which amount to torture.

"For the past six years, the U.K. government has refused [my son's] requests for access to basic health needs: fresh air, exercise, sunshine for Vitamin D, access to proper medical and dental care," Hawkins said in an "emergency appeal" video Saturday. "As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated and his examining doctors warn his detention conditions are life-threatening."

"A slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in an embassy in London," the mother charged. She made clear she also holds the United States responsible.

"The U.S. government has stated Julian's arrest is a priority. They want to get around the U.S. journalists' protections in their First Amendment by charging him with espionage," Hawkins argued. "The U.S. pressure on Ecuador's new president resulted in Julian being placed into strict and severe solitary confinement for the last seven months, deprived of any contact with his family and friends."