Report: Julian Assange suffered stroke amid October extradition hearing

Julian Assange, whose activities as founder of WikiLeaks made him one of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s worst enemies, reportedly suffered a stroke back in October in the midst of court hearings in which the United States government has been seeking his extradition from the United Kingdom, as Fox News reports.

Over the weekend, Assange’s fiancee, Stella Moris, revealed the news about what is being described as a “transient ischaemic attack,” which is said to have left him with memory loss, signs of neurological harm, and a drooping eyelid, according to the Daily Mail.

Assange continues to be held under maximum security in London’s Belmarsh Prison, and he and Moris are of the belief that the health event was brought on by stress stemming from the continued U.S. court action against him and the accumulated effects of his years in confinement.

Moris’ revelation came immediately on the heels of an announcement from a U.K. High Court declaring that Assange can indeed be extradited to the U.S, ruling in favor of an American appeal of a prior decision preventing such an action due to concerns over his mental state.

In telling the world of Assange’s fragile physical health, Moris – also the mother of his children – made a plea to authorities for his release, declaring that the case, the latest ruling in which will almost certainly be appealed, “goes to the fundamentals of press freedom and democracy,” and calling it “an abusive, vindictive prosecution.”

Assange is wanted here in the U.S. over his organization’s publication of a trove of classified documents back in 2010 and 2011, though it was WikiLeaks’ decision to release a mountain of emails from Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 presidential run that provoked her particular ire, as the U.K. Guardian has previously noted.

Upon Assange’s 2019 arrest in London on charges of hacking into a Pentagon computer network, Clinton was unsparing in offering her take on concerns expressed by many that extradition would threaten journalistic freedoms granted by the First Amendment, saying, “I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it’s not about punishing journalism.”

Clinton seemed quite convinced of Assange’s certain guilt in advance of formal proceedings, saying, “The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done,” before adding the qualification, “at least as it’s been charged.”

Considering her incessant repetition of the claim that Russian interference and leaked emails made public by WikiLeaks led to her 2016 presidential loss, it is not surprising that Clinton has long harbored such animosity toward Assange, though it remains to be seen whether her thirst for vengeance will ultimately find an outlet in an American courtroom.