Julian Assange

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Assange back in Prison

Assange is back in prison where he is being held pending extradition to Sweden "for his own safety" claim British authorities. According to one of his lawyers yesterday. "The prison authorities are doing it for his own safety, presumably," lawyer Jennifer Robinson told the press yesterday.

She said the 39-year-old Australian was moved to the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison in southwest London on Thursday, two days after he was taken to the jail.

The lawyer complained that Assange "does not get any recreation, he has difficulties getting phone calls out, he is on his own."

"Obviously we are trying to prepare a legal appeal and he has difficulties hand writing, so it would be much easier in order to assist us in the preparation if he had a laptop," Robinson said. Authorities do not allow laptops in prison however.

Geoffrey Robertson, a high-profile British-Australian human rights lawyer and QC, stated, Assange was in "very good" spirits but was "frustrated" he could not answer the allegations that WikiLeaks was behind cyber attacks launched on credit card firms which have refused to do business with the website.

"He told me he is absolutely not involved and this is a deliberate attempt to conflate WikiLeaks, which is a publishing organisation, with hacking organisations which are not." commented Robertson.

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