Filmmaker Gabriel Shipton, the brother of WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeTrump administration mulled kidnapping, assassinating Julian Assange: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats stare down 'hell' week Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, on Tuesday described the conditions his embattled brother has been facing behind bars as "slow-motion murder."
During an appearing on Hill.TV’s "Rising" Shipton discussed the tour of America he and his father, John Shipton, concluded. The duo made their way across the U.S. to promote Assange's case in hopes of rallying public support and putting pressure on the Biden administration.
"The people we met across the U.S.... they understand the importance of this case and what it means to press freedoms and the first Amendment," Shipton said.
Assange, 50, is currently held in a maximum security prison outside of London.
Assange released classified documents in 2010 containing information about the Afghan and Iraq wars. Later in 2016, Wikileaks released confidential emails during former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE's presidential campaign against former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE.
The Wikileaks founder was later charged in 2019 with “unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents," and the U.S. government has sought to extradite him from the U.K.
"He's in prison with the most dangerous, violent criminals in the U.K.," Shipton said. "He's an innocent man. He doesn't have a sentence. And that's just another abuse of process that's been leveraged against him."
Shipton added that the past 12 years of attacks on his reputation, freedom and human dignity have taken a toll on his brother.
"He's basically been crushed from the inside out."