Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen have raised concerns over Julian Assange's mental wellbeing after meeting with him in a British jail.
Assange has been held there since he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London last April and arrested for skipping bail.
Prior to that he had spent seven years inside the embassy after seeking asylum in 2012, and Mr Christensen said his lack of exposure to the outside world showed.
"It was kind of state you'd expect from a man who has been absolutely and utterly isolated and who doesn't know what has been going on," he said.
"It was clear to us that his mental state isn't good."
Mr Wilkie echoed Mr Christensen's assessment.
"I'm not a psychologist. but it was obvious that there's a man who's under enormous pressure," he said.
"Clearly his health and mental health has deteriorated during what is effectively years in captivity."
The 48-year-old is fighting extradition to the US, where he faces 18 charges including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law, and Mr Wilkie said if Assange is found guilty it would almost amount to a death sentence.
"If he is convicted of those charges he faces up to 175 years in a US federal prison," he said.
"It's a life sentence and it could be said to almost a death sentence."
Christensen ain't no bleedin' heart leftie:
Christensen said: “I am a big fan of Trump, I am a big fan of Bojo [Boris Johnson] but I’ll tell you what I value more: free speech,” he said [my emph.] “There are a lot of Australians on the right and left who think that Julian Assange is a rat bag, that I am a rat bag, but that he should be brought home.”