“Shocked” – Assange’s father spoke to the Australian authorities

Julian Assange
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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — “Shocked” by the appearance of his son, the father of WikiLeaks founder Assange, arrested in London and fearing extradition to the United States, called on the Australian authorities to help repatriate him.

John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, called on Australia on Sunday to bring his son home, claiming he was in shock after discovering the condition of his son during his arrest in London last week, reports SBS News.

John Shipton is said to have visited Assange every Christmas at the Embassy of Ecuador in London after his son took refuge there in 2012.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister should do something,” said Shipton at the Sunday Herald Sun.

“The problem can be solved simply and to the satisfaction of all. There was talk at a meeting between a senator and a senior official of the ministry to extradite Julian to Australia.”

Mr. Shipton said he was shocked to see the condition of his son when he was arrested on April 11 at the embassy. “I’m 74 years old and I look better than him, and he’s 47 years old. It’s so shocking,” he said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, said Assange would receive “no special treatment” from Canberra.

Julian Assange was arrested on April 11 at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been a refugee since 2012. According to Wikileaks, the Ecuadorian ambassador “invited” the police to arrest him. If he is extradited to the United States, Julian Assange could be sentenced to death for the publication of secret documents, say some experts.

However, according to the US Department of Justice, he is only up to five years in prison. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said London had assured him that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could be tortured or even sentenced to death.
The US extradition request will have to be considered by the Westminster Court on May 2nd.

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