NBC News reports:
Julian Assange has been left in a state of “extreme stress, chronic anxiety” and “constant panic” after spending seven years holed up in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, a leading United Nations expert who visited the WikiLeaks co-founder in prison said Thursday.
Nils Melzer, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, told NBC News he blames the United States, United Kingdom and Sweden for “ganging up” on Assange and subjecting him to “psychological torture” and “collective persecution” while he was inside the embassy.
“You talk with him and he is extremely agitated. He had all these questions: What’s going on there? What is in this [legal] proceeding? And what’s going to happen here?” the U.N. official, who has been working informally with Assange’s legal team, said.