QUITO - The mother of Julian Assange, visiting Ecuador on Monday to plea for her son's asylum request, said the WikiLeaks founder is under extreme psychological stress and feels his only option is to seek safety in Ecuador.
Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 19. The former computer hacker, who enraged Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret US diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex crime allegations.
The Australian anti-secrecy campaigner has broken his bail terms and requested asylum in Ecuador because he fears he could be bundled to the United States where his life would be at risk.
"He is freedom loving, he cannot run, he cannot go outside to see the sky, outside the UK police wait like dogs to take him... he cannot exercise the way he normally could and he's under extreme psychological stress," Christine Assange said in a live interview with local television.
Julian Assange's mother was due to meet Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, on Monday to plea for her son's asylum request.