From the Russian state outlet RT News:
Julian Assange sounded like a shell of the man he once was during a Christmas Eve phone call, British journalist Vaughan Smith told RT, noting the WikiLeaks founder had trouble speaking and appeared to be drugged.
Assange was allowed to make just a single call from the maximum security Belmarsh prison in southeast London for the Christmas holiday, hoping for a reminder of the world beyond his drab confines of steel and concrete.
The brief conversation was far from cheerful, however, with Assange’s deteriorating condition increasingly apparent throughout the call. “He said to me that: ‘I’m slowly dying here.’ His speech was slurred. He was speaking slowly,” the journalist said.