The WikiLeaks founder will learn tomorrow whether he has won his High Court battle against extradition to Sweden where he faces sex assault allegations against two women.
Vaughan Smith, who has been housing Mr Assange at 10-bedroom Ellingham Hall for a year, told the Standard that whatever the outcome the 40-year-old Australian would be missed by the family when he leaves. Mr Smith, 48, said: “He’s not the perfect person, but then no one is.
“Julian has very much fitted into our family. My children are very fond of him. He’s an uncle-like figure and he’s a generous person.
“Julian is very good company and very interested in what everyone has got to say. He’s also got a good sense of humour and likes to have a joke. If he does go we’re going to miss him… My family will look back on this year with pride.”
Ellingham Hall is normally home to Mr Smith and his wife Pranvera Shema and their two young daughters.
Mr Smith revealed his family has had to deal with a constant flow of people traipsing through their home as Mr Assange attends to his WikiLeaks activities. He said: “My family have put up with some discomfort because we believe what Julian is doing is important to society.
“It’s not my role to stop Julian having guests. I’ve offered a bail address – I’m not his jailer.”
Mr Smith, who founded the Frontline Club for war reporters in Paddington, told how Assange was relaxed ahead of tomorrow’s crucial court date.
“He seems pretty normal and I don’t sense any particular stress. His work has gone on as normal,” he said.
Mr Smith said he was also confident that Assange’s legal team had a strong enough case to win the appeal.
He added: “Hopefully Julian will leave my house a free man.”