June 20, 2012 – 8:04AM
Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says third-world countries hurt by US greed and corruption must offer to protect her son if Ecuador refuses.
Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London waiting to hear if the South American country will grant his bid for political asylum.
He’s trying to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault.
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But his mother Christine Assange says the claims are baseless, and part of an effort to have her son face the death penalty in the United States for releasing diplomatic cables that exposed US greed and corruption.
“I hope Ecuador will grant him asylum, and if not another third-world country,” Ms Assange told AAP on Wednesday.
“I hope the third world can stand up for what’s morally right when the first world can’t and won’t because they’ve got their snouts in the trough, rolling over for US greed and big business.”
She said her son was a victim of decisions by the US, Britain, Sweden and Australia to abandon proper legal process.
“Julian is a political prisoner, a journalist, a publisher of the truth about corruption, war crimes, kidnapping, blackmail and manipulation,” she said.
“He remains uncharged and unquestioned on a crime which, if you explore it, has absolutely no basis. Of course he would seek asylum.”
She said she had no advance knowledge of her son’s decision to seek asylum.
He couldn’t share his plans with her because every phone conversation he had was tapped, Ms Assange said.
“When I heard about it this morning I thought good on you mate. It shows a level of clear thinking given there are absolutely no proper legal processes in this case.”
She said she couldn’t recall anything in the WikiLeaks cables that would have made Ecuador an obvious choice.
“All I can say is the third world is very grateful to WikiLeaks for exposing to the rest of the world what America and some first-world countries have been doing in their countries.”