More than 60 doctors from several countries have signed onto an open letter warning British authorities that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “could die in prison” unless he receives urgent medical treatment.
The letter, addressed to U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, was distributed by WikiLeaks on Monday. It states that the doctors have “serious concerns” about Assange’s mental and physical problems, including depression, dental issues and a shoulder ailment.
Assange, the doctors argued, required immediate attention at a staffed university teaching hospital, otherwise “we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr. Assange could die in prison. The medical situation is thereby urgent. There is no time to lose.”