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Mother of WikiLeaks chief: 'Don't hunt my son'

U.S. to hunt down WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange
The story of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, the elusive whistleblower
WikiLeaks 'making world less safe': Sweden's FM

SYDNEY (AFP) - The mother of Australian-born WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange does not want her son "hunted down" by Interpol over two rape charges issued by the Swedish police, a report said Wednesday.

The international police agency has issued a global arrest warrant for Assange, one of the founders of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks which has caused a storm around the world by dumping secret messages from US diplomatic missions onto the Internet.

His mother, Christine Assange, said she was "as any mother would be, very distressed" that authorities were looking for her son, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.

"He's my son and I love him and obviously I don't want him hunted down and jailed," she told the state broadcaster.

"I'm reacting as any mother would -- I'm distressed."

Christine Assange, who lives in Queensland, denied that she had moved away from her home town of Melbourne because of media interest in her son.

"A lot of stuff that's written about me and Julian is untrue," she said.

The ABC said Christine Assange runs a puppet theatre in Noosa.

The Australian government, which has joined government's around the world in condemning WikiLeaks release of confidential diplomatic cables, has confirmed Julian Assange, 39, is an Australian passport holder.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Monday while the United States was leading moves towards legal action against WikiLeaks, Australia would fully support these efforts.

The Interpol alert against Assange, a computer hacker, states he is wanted in Sweden for questioning over the alleged rape and molestation of two women. Assange has denied the charges.

Assange, who is said to lead a spy-like life of rarely sleeping in the same place twice, spends much of his time in Britain and Sweden.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 December 2010 11:33)

 

Comments 

 
#8 2010-12-07 23:09
I am proud of being American. I'm not proud of what our govt hides from us. History will mention Wikileaks (and Julian Assange) and their contribution to forcing open a govt that was intended to be "by" and "for" the People. Julian was never blind to what could happen to him if you've read his interviews; just willing to pay the price for truly free speech/press. Those who are knocking the release of the cables need to read a few. It's overblown to say that all these troops will die bc of them.
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#7 2010-12-07 01:06
It really disappoints me to see the negative comments. I was bought up that if you cannot tell everyyone who asks what you are doing , then you should not be doing it. I am neither for or against wikileaks. But what I am for is honesty,integri ty and humanity from all governments.We don't seem to be seeing much of that. DO WE!!!!
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#6 2010-12-06 21:36
You guys are [censored]ing idiots. Getting angry at him because your government are a bunch of secretive [censored]s. Grow the [censored] up, you inbred morons. It's about [censored] time someone opened up the truth. The truth hurts, and its no wonder a bunch of blind American idiots would be angry, only you are stupid enough to be angry at the wrong side. I hope you all die, and remove your stain of stupidity you have left upon the world with you. Stupid American [censored]s.
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#5 2010-12-06 20:22
This man is no doubt a hero, many more will follow in his footsteps! The need for the world to know about this horrible war and the people who should be held responsible for brutal killing is a must. If you can't see that this war is sick than you are sick! Whoever leaked this information put his life on for the greater good of everyone on the planet and that is more heroric than any war effort in history.
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#4 2010-12-06 19:11
"[censored]opher Gadsden.


You are some sort of a sick idiot. People must be protected from your kind and not from Assange. Nowhere else in the world can one find so many people with a brutal, distorted, unintelligent, uneducated language, thinking and personality than in the USA
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#3 2010-12-06 18:48
Julian Assange is a hero. Secrecy has allowed the worst impulses of Americans to come out. People don't hunt down and murder civilians from helicopters - like our troops did - unless they think they can get away with it.
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#2 2010-12-03 04:27
Proud American, and very disappointed in an American for releasing this information to the lunatic Assange. His mother should kill herself, for raising a devil. He will be hunted like a sweaty scared dog. When finally he gives up, and Sweden, or England has him in custody, he will be returned to the US. We will take care of him, by giving him a permanent residence in a Federal Maximum security prison, as the spy he is.
Death, or 200 years of imprisonment, to any who dare tread on the US.
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#1 2010-12-01 11:08
He must shoot himself before he is caught.he has some [censored] thinking he could pull a stunt like this and get away with it, if it's attention he was looking for, he surely got one but a s**ty one.
He will go down as one man who made many governments around the world shake but at what price?.He is an idiot and I don't know what possess him to do all this.No one in a right frame of mind could leak this do[censored]ent s knowing very well that the person will publish them.
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