Julian Assange reportedly placed in a prison called “British Guantanamo”

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — One of Julian Assange’s friends claimed that WikiLeaks’ founder had been transferred to the “British Guantanamo,” Bloomberg said, adding that the facility had hosted bin Laden’s right hand man.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained in Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, dubbed the British Guantanamo. The news was announced on April 12 by the Bloomberg agency, referring to Vaughan Smith, a friend of the Australian.

Vaughan Smith is one of the last people to visit Julian Assange at the Embassy of Ecuador before his arrest Thursday by British police.

Belmarsh is a high-security prison that has housed high-risk detainees, including Abu Qatada, described by a Spanish judge as the right arm of al-Qaeda’s leader in Europe, Bloomberg said.

Julian Assange was arrested on April 11. According to Wikileaks, the Ecuadorian ambassador has “invited” the police to arrest him. If he is extradited to the United States, Julian Assange could be sentenced to death for the publication of secret documents, say some experts.

However, according to the US Department of Justice, he is only up to 5 years in prison.

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said London had assured him that Julian Assange would not be extradited to the United States where he could be exposed to torture or even be sentenced to death.

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