2 Feb 2012 – by Omar Hamwi
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s mother Christine says her son’s life is in “critical danger” – and she wants the truth to be told so justice will be done.
Christine Assange, 60, said that her son’s very public struggle to keep the financially strangled WikiLeaks afloat, while fighting against extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, was emotionally exhausting.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for me but I stay strong because I believe there is truth on Julian’s side,” Mrs Assange said by phone in Queensland. As a mother and champion of a free press, Mrs Assange will discuss the impact of WikiLeaks on Australian democracy at a forum at Ultimo this month.
She will also discuss her views on the Australian government’s reaction to Wikileaks.
“Mostly I will be focusing on the Australian government’s lack of response to Julian (over legal briefings last March),” Mrs Assange said.
“The ASIO boss said WikiLeaks is a modern phenomenon we are going to have to live with.”
She also called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to “listen to Australians”.
While visiting the Inner West, Mrs Assange would “tell people facts, not opinions”.
“People should go to the source if they want the truth,” she said.