You're allowed no visitors because of a pandemic.
Your news from the outside world is sketchy.
You're not well. You have a chronic, decade-long lung condition that requires an MRI scan but for 10 years you've not been allowed by the state to access this important medical check-up. Doctors from 35 countries (250 of them) have petitioned the government to allow you to receive a proper check at a teaching hospital, but that's never been granted.
You've barely seen the sun for years, so your vitamin D levels are low.
The food is not varied, fresh and nutritious enough so your overall health, coupled with chronic lack of exercise, is sub-optimal.
Now the prison medic has come to your cell to offer you a vaccine.
What do you do? What would constitute your informed consent, if you have no means to research the information yourself?
Perhaps your mind lingers on the fact revealed at your trial: that state players planned to poison you. Perhaps you remember how many death threats you received from powerful people. Perhaps a 2019 visitor mentioned how Epstein had died in a cell. Your paranoia around these issues would surely be forgiven, considering all that's transpired.
You won your trial two months ago, but you are still gagged and indefinitely detained among murderers and troubled criminals - and no one seems to care. You are increasingly forgotten. Should you allow a prison official to approach you with a needle?
Today, Assange's girlfriend Stella Moris tweets:
The vaccine might be well and good, but at the same time, A-Z has seen a couple of people dying of thrombosis: Rare but devastating clood clots.
Julian (given his poor health state, lack of exercise and lack of comprehensive 'co-morbidity' check by doctors of his own choice) could potentially become an unfortunate and random statistic. But if he'd given his consent to the jab (and whatever was loaded into it) there'd be no-one to blame for a death but himself. Sad to say, but state and prison would be off the hook and his enemies mightily relieved