Throughout 2017, Morris was spied on by a Spanish security firm apparently
hired by the CIA through Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands. At one point, the director of the firm ordered an employee to steal a diaper
from one of Morris’s sons in an attempt to match his DNA to that of Assange.
“I understood that the powers that were against Julian were ruthless and there were no bounds to it,” Morris commented after learning of the
surveillance campaign. “And that’s why I feel that I have to [reveal myself as the mother of Assange’s children]. Because I’ve taken so many
steps for so many years and I feel that Julian’s life might be coming to an end.”
“Prolonged exposure to psychological torture” continues in court
Since its foundation in 2010, Wikileaks has published troves of documents exposing American war crimes, meddling, and corruption around the
globe. Following the release of thousands of classified State Department cables provided by military whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Vice President Joseph Biden
denounced Assange as a “high-tech terrorist.”
In April 2017, then-CIA director Mike Pompeo labeled Wikileaks a “hostile foreign intelligence agency,” denigrating Assange as a “fraud” in a
speech telegraphing Washington’s malicious campaign against the publisher.
That December, US federal prosecutors filed a secret indictment charging Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. He now faces 175
years in a US prison.
Nils Melzer, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, warned that, if extradited, “Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious
violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture and other cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Melzer was disturbed by the traits he observed after meeting Assange in May 2019. In a report published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights, the expert noted, “in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological
torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.”
The photo below reveals a visibly disoriented Assange with a grim pallor and expressionless gaze.