"This is wrong. Assange chose to hide in the embassy and was always free to leave and face justice. The UN Special Rapporteur should allow British courts to make their judgements without his interference or inflammatory accusations", Hunt wrote on Twitter.
Melzer’s visit came after Assange was transferred to the jail's health ward and WikiLeaks voiced concerns over his deteriorating health. The whistleblowing organization explained that its founder continued to lose weight and was even allegedly incapable of maintaining a normal conversation with one of his lawyers.
If extradited to the United States, where he is wanted on espionage charges, the whistleblower may face up to 175 years in prison. In Sweden, Assange will face the reopened rape case against him. London will now consider which extradition request to prioritize.