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Prosecutor claims Assange may be FAKING his depression after doctor says extradition could trigger suicide

Added 09-23-20 01:37:02am EST - “A prosecutor representing the US at Julian Assange's extradition hearings has argued that the WikiLeaks founder could be feigning depression after a psychiatrist said he might commit sucide if he is sent to the US to be tried.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Prosecutor claims Assange may be FAKING his depression after doctor says extradition could trigger suicide”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

James Lewis, the lawyer representing Washington at Assange’s hearings in London, sought to poke holes in the testimony of renowned professor of neuropsychiatry, Michael Kopelman, who said on Tuesday that the WikiLeaks founder is suffering from “severe depression” after being confined to the maximum security Belmarsh prison for over 16 months.

Kopelman, who had visited Assange more than 20 times in prison, opined that if the court rules in favor of extradition to the US, it might drive Assange to take his own life. He pointed out that the Australian’s years-long isolation at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and the history of depression running in his family make the scenario even more plausible.

It’s the imminence of extradition and/or an actual extradition that will trigger the [suicide] attempt, in my opinion

Lewis argued that the symptoms of depression Kopelman saw in Assange are no more than pretence, suggesting that Assange has learned how to imitate the condition by reading the British Medical Journal in his cell and might have lied about having hallucinations, reported Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola, who attended the hearing.

Lewis suggests Assange is reading British Medical Journal so he can finesse and improve his ability to exaggerate psychiatric symptoms, and in fact, he is consulting with his attorneys on how to do effectively. Pure conjecture. #AssangeTrial

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