UN expert says treatment of Julian Assange putting his life ‘at risk’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London in 2016. (File photo: Reuters)

The treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing the threat of extradition from Britain to the US on espionage charges, is putting his life “at risk,” an independent UN rights expert said Friday.

“Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange’s continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life,” the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, said in a statement.

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