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People With “Sociopathic” Traits Less Likely To Follow Coronavirus Guidelines, Study Finds

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What Happened: A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science claims that people less likely to follow public health measures what’ve been put in place by multiple governments all over the world to supposedly help limit the spread of COVID-19 are people most likely to have sociopathic traits. These measures include wearing a mask and adhering to physical distancing. According to the authors, “Our findings indicated that anti-social traits, especially lower levels of empathy and higher levels of callousness, deceitfulness, and risk-taking, are directly associated with lower compliance with containment measures.”

The researcher used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to survey 502 U.S. adults between March 20 and March 23, 2020. The online survey asked participants how often they complied with health recommendations on preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, if they planned to do so, and how they would behave if they became infected. The survey also included several assessments of personality, and people who scored high on sociopathic and psychopathic traits were the ones who the survey found, would not comply with covid rules.

“One potential implication from this research is that there may be a minority of people with particular personality styles (on the narcissism and psychopathy spectrum) that have a disproportionate impact on the pandemic by failing to protect themselves and others.” – study author Pavel S. Blagov, an associate professor and director of the Personality Laboratory at Whitman College. (source)

Why This Is Important: It’s quite amusing what “science” gets attention and is covered by mainstream media outlets, and what science is completely left out. When it comes to the novel coronavirus, an enormous amount of research, opinions and information shared by hundreds, if not thousands of doctors and scientists, which include some of the world’s most renowned scientists in the field, have been completely censored from social media platforms. Big media is paying absolutely no attention to these people, and are constantly ignoring narratives from experts that simply don’t fit within the accepted framework and agenda set forth by organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO).

Are you telling me all of these people have sociopathic traits? It seems to me that those who are trying to get the word out with regards to actual science and data regarding the new coronavirus are the ones that have the most empathy, care for others and want to see our planet thrive instead of continually falling into an authoritarian mess.

The latest example comes from Germany, where more than 500 doctors and scientists have formed a coalition to help explain why lockdown measures, masks and more represent authoritarianism and moves that have been put in place that are not based on science and data.

Michael Levitt, a Biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University recently criticized the WHO as well as Facebook for censoring different information and informed perspectives regarding the pandemic. You can read more about that here.

A recent report published in the British Medical Journal  has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom as a result of the new coronavirus may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the peak of the virus.

Reported case fatality rates, like the original official 3.4% rate from the World Health Organization, caused horror, panic and hysteria and were also meaningless. Ronald B. Brown, Ph.D., from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada says, based on his research, that the coronavirus fatality rates we were/are given represents “Worst Miscalculation in Human History.” Not long ago, Brown published a paper in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, titled “Public health lessons learned from biases in coronavirus mortality overestimation.”

Below is a statement Brown recently gave to John C. A. Manley, a journalist who was the first to cover the story:

The subject of this article is disruptive, to say the least, although it is not as obvious from the title. The manuscript cites the smoking-gun, documented evidence showing that the public’s overreaction to the coronavirus pandemic was based on the worst miscalculation in the history of humanity, in my opinion. My manuscript underwent an intensive peer-review process. You are the first media guy who has responded to my invitation.

The Physicians For Informed Consent (PIC) recently published a report titled  “Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) Compares COVID-19 to Previous Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Periods.” According to them, the infection/fatality rate of COVID-19 is 0.26%. You can read more about that and access their resources and reasoning here.

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, a specialist in microbiology and one of the most cited research scientists in German history is also part of Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee mentioned above and has also expressed the same thing, multiple times early on in the pandemic all the way up to today.

Implementation of the current draconian measures that are so extremely restrict fundamental rights can only be justified if there is reason to fear that a truly, exceptionally dangerous virus is threatening us. Do any scientifically sound data exist to support this contention for COVID-19? I assert that the answer is simply, no. – Bhakdi. You can read more about him here.

All of these experts in multiple countries are getting no media attention at all, there has been an absolute media black-out, and it’s not hard for mainstream media to make it seem like the majority is the minority, and the minority is the majority.

When it comes to COVID-19 as well as other major global events, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits & opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. Our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we’ve never heard of” – Edward Bernays

The Politicization of Science: Science today is not really about science, and that’s become even more clear during this pandemic. It’s become about pushing a false narrative and using whatever “science” fits that particular frame to further push that narrative. On the other end of the spectrum, mainstream media constantly uses terms like “conspiracy theory” and ridicule to debunk science that conflicts with that they’re putting out.

Below is the description of the post you see above via CE founder Joe Martino’s Instagram Page.

Scientism has been a problem for years. It’s when dogma is created out of outdated scientific understandings, or when we favour ’scientific recommendation’ that is put forth by a couple scientists but isn’t actually backed up by anything.

This form of ‘unscientific’ behaviour has been going on for years – we’ve been reporting on it for years. It has made people doubt incredible advancements in natural health, consciousness, life after death, and more.

This current pandem*c has people believing in many things that are quite unscientific. And to me, there are only a few key possibilities as to why these narratives are being put forth.

1. Those in positions of leadership, guiding this process, are truly incapable

2. Everyone is being over the top careful, even when’s science doesn’t support the ned for it, just so they don’t get in trouble.

3.  This is not about a virus, but about somethi’s when dogma is created out of outdated scientific understandings, or when we favour ’scientific recommendation’ that is put forth by a couple scientists but isn’t actually backed up by anything.

The point is, in the West, people are misguidedly obsessed with science… except for when it comes to this pandemic it seems.

What about our current state of consciousness has us so stuck on not being the truth?

Another great quote I like to use to emphasize my point:

Even the Big Pharma companies have been able to purchase congress. They’re the largest lobbying entity in Washington D.C.. They have more lobbyists in Washington D.C. than there are congressman and senators combined. They give twice to congress what the next largest lobbying entity is, which is oil and gas… Imagine the power they exercise over both republicans and democrats. They’ve captured them (our regulatory agencies) and turned them into sock puppets. They’ve compromised the press… and they destroy the publications that publish real science.  – Robert. F Kennedy Jr. (source)

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pesticide Round Up,  is a perfect example, as science has been showing for decades how incredibly harmful it is for human health and the environment, yet it’s approved as ‘safe’ for use in the western world. It’s no mystery why glyphosate is illegal in the majority of countries around the world. The same goes for genetically modified foods, which is what Round Up was designed to be used on. Years ago, a lawsuit forced the FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods.

As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals – and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe. – Jane Goodall

You can read more about that here.

In addition, Monsanto colluded with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stifle cancer research and any connections to their products. The European Union actually just approved the use of glyphosate, and their approval was found to be based on plagiarized science from Monsanto.

The corruption is never-ending when it comes to the link between corporations and government agencies. In fact, only a few years ago, more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC put out an anonymous public statement detailing the influence corporations have on government policies. They were referred to as the Spider Papers.

Today, science is owned by the corporation.

paper published in 2016 by Mahin Khatami, a former program director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of many that emphasizes this point.

The establishment is entitled to glamorize and publicize too many drugs or vaccines with little/no ethical or safety considerations for short, or long-term health hazards of such projects… Majority of vaccines that were designed to prevent diseases caused more death and diseases than public exposures to infective agents. Policy makers and the public should take a closer look at the long-lasting ‘medical/scientific ponzi schemes’ that the cancer establishment created to control a drug-dependent sick society.”

She states quite clearly in her introduction that the purpose of modern day healthcare, according to her, is as follows:

Formation of a highly ordered and sophisticated medical hierarchy (establishment) in the nineteenth/twentieth century within higher education institutions (e.g., medical schools, organizations) was supported by businessmen and philanthropists with motives to profit from the sale of drugs.

I’ve written about this before, using multiple examples. Dr. Marcia Angell, physician and long-time Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), said that“it is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”(source)

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “the medical profession is being bought by the Big Pharma industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the Big Pharma industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)

The list of papers that dive into the corruption and what seems to be the modern day politicization of science is long, I just wanted o provide a few examples.

The Takeaway

Why do we continue to follow and obey guidelines that may not be in our best interests? Why don’t governments make recommendations, present the science on both ends of the spectrum instead of creating mandates which force people to comply, and allow authorities to use force if they don’t? Why are mandates being made when a large portion of the scientific community continues to explain why these measures we are being forced into with covid are doing more harm than good? Do we really live in a democracy when opinions, information and research are heavily censored and while one narrative/perspective continues to be beamed out by to the masses? Are you maintaining/practicing inner peace in a time of such “chaos?” Is the coronavirus pandemic serving as a catalyst for even more people with regards to ‘waking up and questioning the world we are living in and what measures we are being required to take?

This article (People With “Sociopathic” Traits Less Likely To Follow Coronavirus Guidelines, Study Finds) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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Infection Fatality “Estimates” For Covid-19 Via CDC: .00003%, .0002%, .005% & .054%

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What Happened: The CDC has a page on their website titled “Covid-19 Pandemic Planning Scenarios.” According to them, “Each scenario is based on a set of numerical values for biological and epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 illness, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These values—called parameter values—can be used in models to estimate the possible effects of COVID-19 in U.S. states and localities. This document was first posted on May 20, 2020, with the understanding that the parameter values in each scenario would be updated and augmented over time, as we learn more about the epidemiology of COVID-19.  The September 10 update is based on data received by CDC through August 8, 2020.”

The Pandemic Planning Scenarios according to the CDC, are “designed to help inform decisions by public health officials who use mathematical modelling, and by mathematical modellers throughout the federal government.  Models developed using the data provided in the planning scenario tables can help evaluate the potential effects of different community mitigation strategies (e.g., social distancing).  The planning scenarios may also be useful to hospital administrators in assessing resource needs…”

In their latest update, age-specific estimates of Infection Fatality Ratios have been updated, one parameter measuring healthcare usage has been replaced with the median number of days from symptom onset to positive SARS-CoV-2 test, and a new parameter has been included: Ratio of Estimated Infections to Reported Case Counts, which is based on recent serological data from a commercial laboratory survey in the U.S.

Scenarios 1 through 4 are based on parameter values that represent the lower and upper bounds of disease severity and viral transmissibility (moderate to very high severity and transmissibility). The parameter values used in these scenarios are likely to change as we obtain additional data about the upper and lower bounds of disease severity and the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scenario 5 represents a current best estimate about viral transmission and disease severity in the United States, with the same caveat: the parameter values will change as more data become available.

The CDC emphasizes the following:

The scenarios are intended to advance public health preparedness and planning. They are not predictions or estimates of the expected impact of COVID-19.  The parameter values in each scenario will be updated and augmented over time, as we learn more about the epidemiology of COVID-19.  Additional parameter values might be added in the future (e.g., population density, household transmission, and/or race and ethnicity).

For complete information regarding COVID-19 planning scenarios from the CDC, you can click here.

More Info on COVID-19 Infection/Fatality: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “An important characteristic of an infectious disease, particularly one caused by a novel pathogen like SARS-CoV-2, is its severity, the ultimate measure of which is its ability to cause death. Fatality rates help us understand the severity of a disease, identify at-risk populations, and evaluate quality of healthcare.”

In early August, they provided a scientific brief explaining how it’s calculated, and how difficult it is to calculate and list all of the variables involved. You can read that here.

The Physicians For Informed Consent (PIC) recently published a report titled “Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) Compares COVID-19 to Previous Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Periods.” In their article, they stated the following:

The public has been made aware of the number of COVID-19 deaths and reported cases that have occurred since the beginning of the current pandemic; however, the number of unreported cases has not been widely known or publicized. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than one-third of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that can lead to COVID-19) infections are asymptomatic, meaning that initial estimations of its severity were grossly overestimated. Now, for the first time, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) has collated data from U.S. antibody studies and produced an educational document outlining how an accurate case-fatality rate (CFR) requires antibody studies in order to guide and measure medical care and public health policies.

Similar to CDC estimations, PIC’s analysis results in a COVID-19 CFR of 0.26%, which is comparable to the CFRs of previous seasonal and pandemic flu periods. “Knowing the CFR of COVID-19 allows for an objective standard by which to compare both non-pharmaceutical interventions and medical countermeasures,” said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC’s founder and president. “For example, safety studies of any potential COVID-19 vaccine should be able to prove whether or not the risks of the vaccine are less than the risks of the infection.

“Regardless of proof of safety, however, a potential COVID-19 vaccine should only be voluntary, in order to safeguard a patient’s human right to determine what will happen with his or her body,” said Dr. Miller.

You can view the PIC’s educational document assessing COVID-19 severity and how they came to their conclusion, here. Obviously the data is always delayed and things are constantly changing with regards to COVID-19 numbers.

Another variable is the fact that deaths being attributed to COVID-19 may not even be a result of COVID-19. You can read more about that and see some examples here.

John P. A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Stanford University has said that the infection fatality rate is close to 0% for people under the age of 45 years old, explaining how that number rises significantly for people who are older, as with most other respiratory viruses. You can read more about that and access that here.

Michael Levitt, a Biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, is one of many who have criticized the WHO as well as Facebook for censoring different information and informed perspectives regarding the Coronavirus. He has shared his experience thus far:

Almost all of the science we were hearing, for example like organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) was wrong…This has been a disgraceful situation for science..Reports were released openly, shared by email, and all I got back was abuse. And you got to see that everything I said in that first six weeks was actually true and for political reasons, we as scientists let our views be corrupted. The data had very clear things to say. Nobody said to be “let me check your numbers” they all just said “stop talking like that.”

More than 500 German doctors & scientists have signed on as representatives of an organization called the “Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee” to investigate what’s happening on our planet with regards to COVID-19. They are also confused at what’s going on. You can read more about that here.

A common theme during this pandemic has been many of the world’s leading scientists in the field criticizing the measures taken by governments for something that may not be as severe as it’s been made out to be.

An article published in the British Medical Journal  has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom as a result of the new coronavirus may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the peak of the virus. You can access that and read more about it here

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, a specialist in microbiology and one of the most cited research scientists in German history is also part of Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee mentioned above and has also expressed the same thing, multiple times early on in the pandemic all the way up to today.

Implementation of the current draconian measures that are so extremely restrict fundamental rights can only be justified if there is reason to fear that a truly, exceptionally dangerous virus is threatening us. Do any scientifically sound data exist to support this contention for COVID-19? I assert that the answer is simply, no. – Bhakdi. You can read more about him here.

The Takeaway

We have to ask ourselves, why are so many experts in the field being completely censored. Why is there so much information being shared that completely contradicts the narrative of our federal health regulatory agencies and organizations like the WHO? Why are we being made to believe that there is no solution for this except for a vaccine? Why is it so hard to find out what’s going on these days, and why is there so much conflicting information out there? Does the politicization of science play a role?

This article (Infection Fatality “Estimates” For Covid-19 Via CDC: .00003%, .0002%, .005% & .054%) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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The Law And You: How The Birth Certificate Is Used To Take Away Your Natural Rights

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Pao L. ChangGuest Writer

In this informative video, Bill Turner explains how the beings controlling the legal system enslave you shortly after your mother gave birth to you. Shortly after you were born, your parents signed a birth certificate with a legal name associated to you. When they did this, they registered you to the corporate government, allowing its employees to create a trust under your legal name, turning you into a corporate slave to be used in commerce.

In my book titled Word Magic: The Powers & Occult Definitions of Words, I said that a birth certificate is actually a death certificate. Bill confirms this by saying that the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 defines the word birth using these exact words: “includes a still-birth”. Here is a screenshot of the interpretation section of that registration act:

In the legal system, when the word include is used in an interpretation or definition, it excludes everything else that is not in that interpretation or definition. In other words, the phrase “includes a still-birth” means that it only includes a still-birth and nothing else. The “product” of a still-birth is a still-born child, which is a child incapable of living or dead. Therefore, the hidden meaning of a birth certificate is a certificate of a dead child or a death certificate.

By agreeing to sign a birth certificate/death certificate, your parents have agreed to turn you into a still-born child/dead child. A dead child does not have natural rights and cannot own property. This is why the government can take away your property and punish you for not paying taxes. If you want to understand the information in this article at a very deep level, take action now to read my book titled Word Magic: The Powers & Occult Definitions of Words.

In the following video, Bill also explains why the Bible is a book full of laws. Furthermore, he reveals why lawyers wrote the “law” of the legal system in a way that is confusing to people who are not lawyers. One of the reasons why they did this is to discourage you to learn about the law and your rights. When you study the law deeply enough, you will know how to defend your rights, allowing you to free yourself from their legal system.

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Throughout my life, I have always felt that there was something not right about our society. The year I graduated from high school, an event occurred that was so dramatic that it sparked something inside me, causing my true spiritual awakening. That event was known as 9/11. As years passed, my awakening became more intense, motivating me to seek for knowledge to satisfy my desire for the truth. Hello independent thinkers, spiritual truth seekers and freedom lovers! My name is PL Chang, and I’m the author and founder of OmniThought.org and EnergyFanatics.com. My main goal is to empower you with knowledge that is beyond the conventional paradigm to help free your mind and increase your spiritual well-being to a whole new level.

After graduating from the Art Institutes International Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts, I decided to educate myself with the knowledge that will help me understand what reality and life truly are. As a result, I invested more of my free time studying ancient civilization, natural remedies, spirituality, holistic healing, alternative medicine, energy mechanics, quantum mechanics, multidimensional physics, the science of consciousness and other esoteric knowledge.

In September of 2007 (at the age of 25), I created my first blog EnergyFanatics.com. After five years of writing wellness and conscious living articles for EnergyFanatics.com, I chose to open another blog for the purpose of sharing my spiritual wisdom to the world. Hence, OmniThought.org was born. My goal is to make a difference in the world by uniting people through the power of thought, love and unity.

To contact me, send me an email using this form or visit me at EnergyFanatics.com and OmniThought.org, where this article first appeared.

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Bill Clinton Had “Intimate Dinner” With Ghislaine Maxwell After Epstein’s Crimes Were Exposed

Former president Bill Clinton reportedly met with accused sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell for an “intimate” dinner in 2014.

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(TMU) – Former president Bill Clinton reportedly met with accused sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell for an “intimate” dinner in 2014, which is many years after her illegal activities with Jeffrey Epstein were well-known to authorities and the media.

A source told The Daily Beast that “This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in LA. Think of all the people [Clinton] knows in LA — and Ghislaine gets to attend.”

Another source confirmed the meeting with The Daily Beast journalist and added that Clinton’s PR team was relieved that the meeting didn’t make the headlines at the time, since Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein was already public knowledge.

The pair reportedly met at Crossroads Kitchen, a hotspot for celebrities and millionaires on Melrose Avenue. On the night of their meeting, famous actors like Bruce Willis and Sean Penn were also in the building.

Clinton and Maxwell met with mutual friend Steve Bing, a producer and major Democratic donor who killed himself earlier this year. It is not clear if his suicide had anything to do with his involvement in people like Ghislaine Maxwell.

“They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem,” one friend of the Clintons told the site anonymously.

In a new book called “A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein,” authors Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper claim that Clinton was having an affair with Ghislaine Maxwell, who was just recently taken into custody over her involvement with the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.

Clinton continued to carry on a relationship with both Maxwell and Epstein for long after they were both exposed as sex offenders. In fact, Maxwell was served court papers relating to the Epstein trafficking ring in 2009 while she was attending the Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City.

Just a few months later, Maxwell attended Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, and Bill continued his relationship with both of them for many years despite the public knowledge of their crimes.

Journalist Conchita Sarnoff wrote in her book TrafficKing that Maxwell was ironically served her court papers during a Clinton charity event for human trafficking.

“Ironically, photographs of Maxwell taken by a private investigator who accompanied the process server showed Maxwell receiving notice while standing beneath a human trafficking banner. Human trafficking was the Conference’s theme at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative,” she wrote

Recent reports have suggested that Maxwell is prepared to fully cooperate with investigators and name the names of high profile individuals who took part in Epstein’s human trafficking ring.

In an interview with The Sun, Epstein’s former employer Steven Hoffenberg said that Maxwell ‘knows everything’ and will ‘totally co-operate’ after her arrest.

A set of documents that were unsealed from a previous civil trial between Maxwell and Virginia Giuffre, one of the most public and outspoken of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, indicated that Clinton was seen on Epstein’s private island with two young girls. In her testimony, Guiffre said that she remembered Epstein telling her that Bill Clinton owed him some favours.

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Julian Assange Is ‘Hearing Voices’ And At ‘High Risk Of Suicide,’ Psychiatrist Says

At a hearing for Julian Assange, a psychiatrist testified that the Wikileaks founder is experiencing strong hallucinations and is at a high risk of suicide.

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(TMU) – At a recent extradition hearing for Julian Assange, a psychiatrist testified that the embattled Wikileaks founder is experiencing strong hallucinations and is at a high risk of suicide. Professor Michael Kopelman, an emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, said that Assange has been hearing voices and has confessed to a priest that he was making preparations to kill himself. These preparations included drafting his will and writing a goodbye letter to his family and friends.

On Tuesday, at the Old Bailey courthouse in London, Professor Kopelman testified that he visited Assange over 20 times and has become concerned about his mental and physical health.

“He reported auditory hallucinations, which were voices either inside or outside his head, somatic hallucinations, funny bodily experiences, these have now disappeared. He also has a long history of musical hallucinations, which is maybe a separate phenomenon, that got worse when he was in prison,” Kopelman said.

The voices that Assange is hearing are saying things like “you are dust, you are dead, we are coming to get you”.

Kopelman said that the most severe hallucinations have begun to diminish, but Assange is still severely depressed and at a high risk of suicide. He also added that if Assange were extradited the risk would increase further.

“The risk of suicide arises out of clinical factors…but it is the imminence of extradition and or an actual extradition that would trigger the attempt, in my opinion,” Kopleman said.

Kopelman was cross-examined by James Lewis QC, who accused Assange of fabricating his mental illness to avoid extradition.

Kopelman disagreed with the assertion, and pointed out that Assange was reluctant to share details about his mental struggles with authorities, despite self-reporting in the past.

Professor Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, pictured outside the Old Bailey today where he  described how Julian Assange had been hearing voices in his head and was at ‘high risk’ of  suicide

Mr Assange was very reluctant to talk about his suicidal ideas and plans because he feared he would be put on constant watch or isolation,” Kopelman said.

He thinks as a leader he shouldn’t be showing weakness or psychiatric problems and he was concerned he would end up being further isolated on continuous watch and he didn’t want that,” he added.

Prison guards have previously confiscated a razor blade and two cords from his cell, and he has been kept under close watch the entire time he has been behind bars. Last month, his partner Stella Moris visited him for the first time since the coronavirus lockdowns began at the prison.

Assange is fighting extradition to the US, where he faces an 18-count indictment alleging a plot to hack computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information. Pictured, some of his supporters outside the Old Bailey

Moris said that Assange is looking much thinner than he was the last time she saw him back in March. She says that the situation has been “incredibly stressful” and that he has been having some health problems, including a sprained ankle and a frozen shoulder. While the prison was taking virus precautions when Assange was having visitors, Moris says that they have done nothing to protect the prisoners during regular hours. Moris has also launched a crowd-funding campaign to help with legal costs for Assange as he fights extradition to the United States.

So far, the campaign has raised £138,445.

Assange is facing 18 charges under the U.S. Espionage Act from the 2010 release of 500,000 files that exposed US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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