Julian Assange is still locked up tight in Belmarsh prison in the UK, serving 50 weeks for breach of bail terms in 2012. He is locked up tight in the medical ward for 22-23 hours each day. He is only allowed two 2-hour visits per month. He can't use a computer.
All of this adds up to punitive measures against Assange being able to speak to his lawyers and defend himself properly for the trumped up charges of violating the 1917 US Espionage Act. Assange is the first journalist ever to be charged under this antiquated "law".
The UK courts have decided to hand over Assange to the US, without allowing Assange the opportunity to make his case to the UK. The UK courts are bowing to the American empire and their lust to hang someone who exposed much of their wrong doings.
Back when Assange was arrested in February, a Spanish company was caught trying to extort and blackmail money from WikiLeaks. What did they have? Video, audio and documents from Assange's time at the Ecuadorian embassy.
It turns out that this company, Undercover Global, was spying on Assange on behalf of the CIA.
CEO David Morales handed over audio and video, and had "technicians install an external streaming access point in the same area so that all of the recordings could be accessed instantly by the United States", according to a report by Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The goal was to eventually get Assange pushed out of the embassy. And the CIA succeeded. Bugging the embassy and monitoring Assange led to his further isolation and to the eventual cancellation of his asylum status under false justifications of breaching draconian terms later imposed.
To read more about the witch hunt on Assange by the CIA as a result of leaks provided to WikiLeaks, check out the details in The CIA’s War On WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange by Kevin Gosztola.