Julian Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, told Tucker Carlson he would fear for his brother’s life if Assange is extradited.
“Prisoners cannot be kept safe in [U.S.] prison. Even the most high-profile prisoners, like Jeffrey Epstein, couldn’t be kept safe in prison. So, what hope will Julian have? If he gets extradited, he will most likely die,” Shipton said on Fox News.
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Shipton added that he believes Assange is being made an example of and is being used to further silence truth-tellers.
“The people who run our democracies now like to rule them with impunity. They don’t want people to know what has been done in their name. They want to keep secrets. They don’t want the public to be informed, basically,” Shipton said. “They are saying to people, 'If you tell the truth about our secrets, if you tell the truth about the security state, or anything really, this is what is going to happen to you. You will be locked in a prison for the rest of your life. Your reputation will be destroyed. You’ll be taken away from your family.'”
A British court ruled Friday that Assange's extradition could move forward after U.S. officials agreed to four conditions related to how Assange would be handled once in the United States. Shipton told Carlson that Assange will appeal but that the family is not hopeful.
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Assange, the 50-year-old founder of WikiLeaks, is being held at Belmarsh Prison in London. He was arrested by British officials in 2019 and has been charged under the U.S. Espionage Act, as well as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, after WikiLeaks published secret military and diplomatic documents in 2010. If found guilty on all the charges, he faces up to 175 years in prison, though the U.S. had said it would likely only be four to six years.