Julian Assange has been watching footage of war criminals who killed themselves in court after losing his case
- Dr. Sondra Crosby reported on Assange's mental health at the Ecuadorian embassy to the court
- She said he witnessed Slobodan Praljak's suicide who drank cyanide
- Assange is said to have been "possessed" and analyzed the face of the man as he was dying
According to a witness, Julian Assange saw footage of a war criminal who killed himself in court after losing his case.
Dr. Sondra Crosby told the court about Assange's mental health while at the Ecuadorian embassy.
The Boston University professor appeared via video link from the USA to describe the results of her multiple visits.
According to Dr. Sondra Crosby saw Julian Assange (pictured) footage of a war criminal who killed himself in court after losing his case
She said, “When I saw him in February 2018, he first described his suicidal thoughts to me and spent a lot of time talking to me about how he had been very conscious about it.
Dr. Crosby said Assange, 49, described in detail how he "watched the suicide of Slobodan Praljak, the Bosnian man convicted of war crimes".
Praljak had killed himself on television and Assange spoke of "taking cyanide and dying in court".
She said that "Mr. Assange seemed very obsessed with it" and even "stopped in the statue and analyzed the man's face" as he killed himself.
The witness previously said that "the purpose of the first visit was the result of an invitation from an American doctor".
The doctor had "organized an academic assessment of the effects of life in the Ecuadorian embassy for about five and a half years".
She said when she first saw Mr. Assange at the embassy in October 2017, he was certainly describing symptoms of depression, PTSD, to me.
Dr. Crosby said Assange described in detail how he "watched the suicide of Slobodan Praljak (pictured), the Bosnian man convicted of war crimes".
Doctor Crosby added, “Although he was definitely functioning and conversational and not in terrible condition.
When I visited him again over time, I found that his mental state was deteriorating.
He described more and more symptoms of depression, insomnia, bad mood, difficulty concentrating, nightmares and much more psychological stress.
& # 39; He talks like he's essentially dead. He was tearful and asked for help.
"The trigger for suicide would be extradition to the United States, where he thought his life was unbearable."
James Lewis for the US said: "It was his own decision to put himself in the embassy".
Dr. Crosby replied that for Assange the decision was akin to "being followed by someone who tried to harm him with an ax that locked himself in a room and didn't come out."
She said when she visited Assange in prison she was "very alarmed about his risk of systemic infection and death".
She added: “I was unable to convince Mr. Assange to leave the embassy. I wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"An independent UN expert found that he was suffering from mental trauma and was in poor health. This was the same conclusion that I came to."
Julian Assange is fighting extradition to the United States in a hearing at the Old Bailey
Assange is fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces an 18-count charge alleging a conspiracy to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information.
Dr. Nigel Blackwood offered evidence to the US government Thursday, dismissing defense experts on the extent of Assange's condition, saying his suicide risk was "manageable."
He told old Bailey, "Mr. Assange has proven to be a very resilient and very resourceful man, and he underestimated that."
Dr. Blackwood told the court it was important to look at Assange's daily workings beyond what he says about his symptoms.
Assange was into painting, reading, exercising, and interacting well with others, he said.
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