Petition: Release Julian Assange from Belmarsh Prison before COVID-19 spreads

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Priti Patel Home Office Secretary must release Julian Assange before the coronavirus spreads through the prison population.

As a vulnerable prisoner whose health is already in jeopardy further isolation would be damaging in itself, let alone the threat that the virus breaks out inside the prison. The increased health risk means he should be released immediately.

There is a high possibility that the prisons will cancel all visits which means even harder access to his family and friends. Releasing him and other vulnerable prisoners would reduce the risk of outbreak of the virus inside the prison.

Julian Assange should be with his family during this time where he can prepare his defense against his extradition hearing. He has been charged by the Trump Administration under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information and he could face up to 175 years in US prison.