Julian Assange, the controversy-courting founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has become seriously ill while under house arrest at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
According to Ecuador’s ambassador in Britain Ana Alban, a lack of sunshine and living “in a confined space” has apparently given Assange a chronic lung infection that “could get worse at any moment”.
Assange is currently seeking safe passage to Ecuador, following the nation’s decision to shelter him in their embassy in Knightsbridge while Assange battles being extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual coercion, sexual molestation and rape, charges he has always denied.
Celebrities such as Lady Gaga, MIA and Vivienne Westwood have all visited Assange to show their support for the WikiLeaks cause, with supporters claiming the allegations against Assange are a conspiracy designed to undermine WikiLeak’s ability to root out corruption in high places. WikiLeaks leaked thousands of US diplomatic cables and military files, causing the US to proclaim Assange a threat to national security.
Some detractors are now claiming the Assange’s apparent ill-health is a ruse designed to garner support for his desired wish to move to the South American state. The Ecuadorean ambassador maintains that Assange’s current living conditions have brought on his poorly state however, citing a lack of fresh air and sunlight as the cause:
“Not only does the embassy have few windows but the city is also dark at this time – we have very little daylight in London,” said Alban.
In the meantime, we suggest Assange invests in a SAD lamp, like this one we checked out a while back.
By Gerald Lynch | November 29th, 2012