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Julian Assange in ‘a lot of pain’ says partner after first prison visit in nearly six months

Julian Assange’s partner has said he is in ” a lot of pain” as she visited him in prison for the first time in almost six months.

Stella Moris took the couple’s two children to meet their father, who is being held at Belmarsh Prison in south-east London.

The WikiLeaks founder is awaiting an extradition hearing on behalf of the US government.

Ms Moris said that Assange looked much thinner than last time she saw

saw him.

Stella Moris and sons, Gabriel (right) and Max (left) leave Belmarsh Prison (PA)

She said the visit was “incredibly stressful” but expressed relief at being able to visit him for the first time since March 22.

“We had to keep social distancing and Julian was told he would have to self-isolate for two weeks if he touched the children.

“Julian said it was the first time he had been given a mask because things are very different behind the doors.

Stella Moris and sons, Gabriel (right) and Max (left) leave Belmarsh Prison (PA)

“I could not see him very clearly because of the visors, but he looked a lot thinner.

“He was wearing a yellow armband to indicate his level of prisoner status, and you could see how thin his arms were

“At least he got to see the children, even though he couldn’t touch them. The children were both calm – we all remained seated the whole time.”

Gabriel, aged three, showed Assange how he could recite the alphabet and count, said his mother. Read more Vivienne Westwood sits in cage outside Old Bailey for Assange protest

Ms Moris said her partner is still suffering from a frozen shoulder, and had recently sprained his ankle.

“He is in a lot of pain,” she added.

The couple, whose other son, Max, is aged one, met when Assange was living inside Ecuador’s embassy in London as he fought being extradited to the US over the activities of WikiLeaks.

The extradition hearing is due to start at the Old Bailey on September 7 and could last three or four weeks.

Ms Moris has launched a crowdfunding appeal to try to raise £600,000 towards the cost of fighting extradition.

Around £47,000 has been raised so far.

Ms Moris expressed concern about Covid-related health measures as Assange is transported to and from the court every day.

She added that he has not had a face-to-face meeting with his legal team since lockdown began in March and only has limited access to the huge amount of paperwork generated by the case.