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"No end in sight": Julian Assange Faces Steep Legal Odds—Assuming he Survives British Custody

Legal experts are putting pressure on the U.S. government to end the prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder amid reports of his deteriorating health.

Advocates for Julian Assange are bringing awareness to his case amid reports of his deteriorating physical and mental health in a London prison as he appeals Washington's extradition request.

In a recent Roundtable hosted by Rob Nelson, University of Southern California Law professor Jody David Armour said she is encouraged that more people are standing up to help “boost” the signal and put pressure on politicians. Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Emeritus Marjorie Cohn said such efforts were urgently needed to convince the U.S. government to drop its case against Assange.

If the London court decides not to hear his case, Assange can file a cross-complaint against the District Judge, as well as appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Cohn stated that Assange's extradition should be barred because his offenses were political in nature and sending him to the U.S. would result in inhumane and degrading treatment.

Former CIA Agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou raised the possibility that the U.S. hopes the process is drawn out long enough to effectively kill Assange—who recently suffered a stroke—while he in British custody.

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"He's in a maximum-security penitentiary with no charge and no end in sight. And that would weigh on anybody,” Kiriakou said.

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