• Justice The Police detain the former Spanish soldier who spied on Julian Assange in London trying to leave Spain

"The CIA planned to assassinate, poison or kidnap Julian Assange," says

Stella Moris

, mother of the two children of the WikiLeaks founder. "In light of the new revelations, how can you even think of sending someone to a country from where you have planned to assassinate him?" Asks Moris, on the eve of the final battle to avoid his extradition to the United States, where he

could be sentenced to 170 years in prison for espionage

.

Judge

Vanessa Baraitser

rejected Assange's extradition request last January, citing the risk of suicide.

But the US government appealed the ruling and

the case returns to a high British court on Wednesday

, which before the end of the year must finally clear its future.

The 50-year-old Australian journalist and activist remains incarcerated in Belmarsh maximum security prison.

"Every day that he spends in his cell at British Guantánamo is a day in which his life is at risk," said Stella Moris, 38, who was able to visit him on Saturday and

found him in "a fragile state of health".

"Whatever finally happens, I really fear for his life," Moris continues, openly calling for his release. "If the worst were to happen, everything would be very fast and they could extradite him next summer. And even if they don't extradite him,

there is also the risk that the situation will drag on indefinitely

here in the UK."

In his opinion, the recent revelations about the alleged CIA plot to assassinate or kidnap Assange - when

Mike Pompeo

was its director during the Trump Administration - may be the end of the game. The news, signed by the Yahoo News investigative team based on statements by a former counterterrorism agent and more than 30 American officials, has tiptoed through the mainstream media, but it

may have an impact in court.

"Everything that is coming to light fits with the case opened by the National Court about the espionage to which Julian was subjected, by a Spanish company, during his stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London", assures Stella Moris. "At the embassy

we were at the mercy of a group of mercenaries

, who debated how to poison Julian or how to leave the door open so that he could be kidnapped. It is incredible to think that I was there with him, eating food from the same refrigerator."

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, initially to avoid extradition to Sweden for two cases of sexual abuse and one of alleged rape.

Lenin Moreno

, then president of Ecuador, withdrew his asylum and allowed his detention in April 2019, when the long process of extradition to the United States began.

"It is unthinkable that British courts could extradite Assange knowing everything we know now," says

Kristinn Hrafnsson

, current CEO of WikiLeaks.

"The big underlying question is whether the British government was aware that there was a CIA plot to assassinate Julian."

"The plans to assassinate Assange are not very different from the plot to assassinate Khashoggi

by Saudi Arabia," says Hrafnsson.

"We are facing two cases in which the victims are journalists."

Rebecca Vincent

, head of international campaigns for Reporters Without Borders, denounced the obstructionist work of the British Government throughout the process:

"Access to Assange has been the most difficult anywhere in the world

.

"

Vincent expressed his confidence that the Australian journalist will finally win the case against extradition and recover his freedom soon: "He has had enough!"

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