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Assange's mother to plea for son's asylum request

posted 30 Jul 2012, 09:27 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 09:28 ]

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, begins visit to Ecuador to plea for her son's asylum request.

The mother of Julian Assange, visiting Ecuador on Monday (July 30) to plea for her son's asylum request, said the WikiLeaks founder is under extreme psychological stress and feels his only option is to seek safety in Ecuador.
Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 19. The former computer hacker, who enraged Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret U.S. diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex crime allegations.

The Australian anti-secrecy campaigner has broken his bail terms and requested asylum in Ecuador because he fears he could be sent to the United States where his life would be at risk.

Christine Assange arrived to Ecuador's foreign ministry and met with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. She is expected to hold a news conference following her meeting.

Julian Assange's mother was due to meet Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, on Monday to plea for her son's asylum request.

The Ecuadorean government has said that it will take as long as needed to make a thorough analysis of Assange's asylum application before making a decision.

Comments by Patino last week suggested that Ecuador will refrain from announcing a decision regarding Assange's asylum application until the end of the Olympic games as a sign of respect for the UK government.

Assange's mother said that her son chose Ecuador because its constitution enshrines human rights and because it does not have the death penalty.

Christine Assange said she fears that the United States will move to extradite her son if he is sent to Sweden.

Neither the U.S. nor Swedish authorities has charged Assange with anything. Swedish prosecutors want to question him about allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two WikiLeaks supporters in 2010.

Assange says he had consensual sex with the women.