"Don't hunt down my son," says mother of WikiLeaks founder

CANBERRA Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:24pm EST

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The mother of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday she was distressed by an international police alert for her son's arrest and did not want him "hunted down and jailed."

Global police agency Interpol issued a "red notice" on Tuesday to assist in the arrest of Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, who is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of sexual crimes.

Assange, 39, a former computer hacker now at the center of a global controversy after WikiLeaks released a trove of classified U.S. diplomatic cables at the weekend, denies the Swedish allegations.

Christine Assange, who runs a puppet theater in Australia's Queensland state, said she was worried about her son's wellbeing as Australia's government joined the United States in launching an investigation into whether Assange and WikiLeaks had broken security or criminal laws.

"He's my son and I love him and obviously I don't want him hunted down and jailed. I'm reacting as any mother would. I'm distressed," she told Australian radio. "A lot of stuff that's written about me and Julian is untrue."

Assange, who was born in Townsville, Queensland has gone underground since WikiLeaks controversially began publishing more than 250,000 secret U.S. government documents.

Assange's arrest warrant was issued by Sweden's International Public Prosecution Office in Gothenburg on November 18.

(Reporting by Rob Taylor)

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Comments (8)
Rhino1 wrote:
Dear Mrs. Assange, you should be so proud of your son. Not many people on this planet have his integrity AND backbone. Don’t be too distressed. He has reached the stage of fame where it shouldn’t be too easy for any government to do serious harm to him. The WORLD is watching.

Dec 01, 2010 4:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Thaufeek wrote:
Mrs Assange, your son has done a commendable job where many in this world do not have the guts to challenge the US. If the documents released are untrue (according to US), then why are they so concerned about the leaks. So this shows that US has lied to world in order to control the world resources. Surely, people should support Assange for showing the true face of America towards others

Dec 01, 2010 4:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
tuckeret wrote:
Sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind.

Dec 01, 2010 9:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
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