Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is said to have had a stroke in jail.
The 50-year-old is being held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison as he fights to avoid extradition to America as a result of a court ruling.
Following a mini-stroke, Assange was reportedly left with a drooping right eyelid, memory problems, and signs of neurological damage.
According to reports, the stroke occurred during a High Court appearance via video link in October.
Stella Moris, his fiancee, said he is “struggling” with the stress of fighting extradition to a US prison.
Assange reportedly underwent an MRI scan and is taking anti-stroke medication since the mini-stroke.
Ms. Moris told the Mail: “Julian is struggling and I fear this mini-stroke could be the precursor to a more major attack. It compounds our fears about his ability to survive the longer this long legal battle goes on.
“It urgently needs to be resolved. Look at animals trapped in cages in a zoo. It cuts their life short. That’s what’s happening to Julian. The never-ending court cases are extremely stressful mentally.”
It comes after it was revealed that Assange could be extradited to America to face espionage charges, following the US Government’s successful bid to overturn a High Court ruling.
His lawyers have previously claimed that he is a high suicide risk and that he is too sick to be sent to America for a trial.
The US government filed a High Court challenge to a January ruling by then-district judge Vanessa Baraitser that Assange should not be extradited to the US, citing a real and “oppressive” risk of suicide.
The US government has charged Mr. Assange with conspiracy to hack into US military databases in order to obtain sensitive secret information relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, which was then published on the Wikileaks website.
Mr. Assange, 50, faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted in the United States, according to his lawyers. The US government, however, stated that the sentence was more likely to be between four and six years.