DM: Assange's father fears WikiLeaks founder may die in prison

DM: Assange's father fears WikiLeaks founder may die in prison

John Shipton called “beyond obscene” the fact that “Julian may die in prison after nine years of persecution for uncovering the truth about war crimes.”

The father of WikiLeaks founder arrested in London, Julian Assange, John Shipton fears his son could die in prison. He is cited by the British newspaper The Daily Mail.

According to Shipton, two days ago, he had visited Assange in a prison in London, where he had to “face the bitter truth that he [Julian Assange] could die.” “This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,” he added. 

John Shipton called “beyond obscene” the fact that “Julian may die in prison after nine years of persecution for uncovering the truth about war crimes.”

Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, which publishes classified information on the activities of several governments, including that of the United States. Fearing extradition to the United States from Sweden, where two women accused him of sexual harassment and rape, he sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 and remained there continuously for almost seven years. In April, Ecuador refused to grant him further asylum, after which Assange was arrested by the police for failure to appear in a London court on an order from 2012, as well as on the basis of an extradition request sent by Washington to the British authorities in 2018.

On May 1, a London court sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison for violating bail conditions. The request for his extradition to the United States, where, according to the charges brought by the US Justice Department, the founder of WikiLeaks faces up to 175 years in prison for hacking, is also under review.

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