‘Quite the legacy’: Julian Assange asks Britain’s King Charles to visit him in prison

He has been behind bars since being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had sought refuge from being sent to the States

Julian Assange has written to Britain’s King Charles III asking the monarch to visit him in prison.

The WikiLeaks founder has spent more than four years in Belmarsh prison in London as he fights a lengthy legal challenge against an attempt to extradite him to the US.

He has been behind bars since being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had sought refuge from being sent to the States.

It is here that 687 of your loyal subjects are held, supporting the United Kingdom’s record as the nation with the largest prison population in Western Europe

He fears being jailed for the rest of his life if he is extradited for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.

His letter to King Charles reads: “It is here that 687 of your loyal subjects are held, supporting the United Kingdom’s record as the nation with the largest prison population in Western Europe.

“As your noble Government has recently declared, your kingdom is currently undergoing ‘the biggest expansion of prison places in over a century’, with its ambitious projections showing an increase of the prison population from 82,000 to 106,000 within the next four years. Quite the legacy, indeed.

“As a political prisoner, held at Your Majesty’s pleasure on behalf of an embarrassed foreign sovereign, I am honoured to reside within the walls of this world class institution. Truly, your kingdom knows no bounds.

“During your visit, you will have the opportunity to feast upon the culinary delights prepared for your loyal subjects on a generous budget of £2 per day.

“Savour the blended tuna heads and the ubiquitous reconstituted forms that are purportedly made from chicken. And worry not, for unlike lesser institutions such as Alcatraz or San Quentin, there is no communal dining in a mess hall.

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