Julian Assange was stripped naked and handcuffed eleven times when he came and went from court, the WikiLeaks founder's lawyer told Tuesday's US extradition hearing in London.
Assange is charged with having released a series of files in 2010 describing the realities of U.S. military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, under the United States Spy Act.
"Yesterday, Mr. Assange was handcuffed eleven times, stripped naked in Belmarsh, and put in five separate cells," said his lawyer Edward Fitzgerald on Tuesday.
He warned that Assange's treatment "could interfere with these procedures," and asked Judge Vanessa Baraitser to "give the prison authorities a hint" that the regime should be relaxed.
Baraitser said it was a matter for prison officials that she had no authority to instruct her in the treatment of prisoners.
She added that she would expect Assange to be treated fairly and like everyone else.
The 48-year-old Australian is being held at the Belmarsh High Security Prison in southeast London during the extradition process.
His full extradition trial, which opened on Monday, is taking place in the courthouses next to the prison.
Assange wore a gray blazer and a sweater over a collar shirt in court.
He occasionally spoke to his lawyers through the gaps in the glass panes of the dock.
Assange has spent much of the past decade at Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid separate litigation in Sweden, but Washington is now trying to get him transferred to court.
WikiLeaks initially worked with a number of high-profile newspapers to release details from the leaked files of the State Department and the Pentagon, which caused a stir and outrage in Washington.
On Monday, a United States lawyer accused him of risking the life of intelligence sources through the publication of classified US government documents.
Fitzgerald has argued that the US charge is "politically motivated".
Assange could be jailed for 175 years if convicted of all 17 spies laws and a number of computer hacks to which he is exposed.
The hearings last all week and then take place in May.
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