Julian Assange is living a life of almost total isolation inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in the midst of poor health and fears that he may soon be expelled, his friends say.
Vaughan Smith, a journalist and supporter of Assange, says he is concerned about his well-being after he was banned from using the Internet or having visitors in March.
Meanwhile, there are rumors that Ecuador is being pressured to rescind Assange's asylum so that it can be arrested by British police and potentially extradited to the United States.
Julian Assange can be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy amid renewed US interest in him and in Wikileaks and his participation in the 2016 elections
It is believed that Robert Mueller is investigating whether Assange conspired with Russian hackers to filter DNC emails in the run-up to the vote.
It is believed that Robert Mueller is investigating Assange and Wikileaks as part of his investigation into meddling in Russian elections.
It is not known if Mueller has enough evidence to accuse Assange, but he has already prosecuted a dozen Russians and three companies for filtering email from the DNC.
The indictment documents alleged communications between Russian agents masquerading as the Guccifer2.0 hacker and the 'Organization-1', which many believe is Wikileaks.
Assange supporters fear that this renewed interest may persuade Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who has already called him a "hacker", to sacrifice him, ABC News reports.
Even if Mueller does not accuse him, Assange almost certainly faces charges for leaking millions of highly sensitive US diplomatic cables in 2010.
If you are expelled from the embassy, the British police will arrest you immediately for not having surrendered to a court order related to a rape case from Sweden.
While in the custody of the British police, the US authorities could charge him with charges, which would result in a request for extradition.
Vaughn Smith, (right), a long-time Assange supporter, says he is concerned about his health after being banned from visiting or using the Internet in March.
Speaking to ABC, Smith said Assange was feeling the pressure when he last saw him a day before the visit was banned.
Despite that, Smith believes he will stay until he is forced to leave.
He said: Assange is a tough one. He is made to do this kind of thing.
"He's motivated by the belief that he's making a difference, and from his perspective, he thinks he's doing the world a favor."
Assange has been in self-imposed isolation inside the embassy since 2012 after a bet to avoid extradition to Sweden on charges of rape and sexual abuse failed.
The activist said the request was a way to put him in the hands of US authorities, which would probably lock him up for decades because of the leaking of diplomatic cables.
On March 28 of this year, Assange was banned from having contact with the outside world except through his legal team after posting a tweet questioning the British government's claim that Russia was behind the Novichok attack in Salisbury.