Canberra: The mother of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday she was distressed by an international police alert for her son`s arrest and did not want him "hunted down and jailed."
Global police agency Interpol issued a "red notice" on Tuesday to assist in the arrest of Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, who is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of sexual crimes.
Assange, 39, a former computer hacker now at the center of a global controversy after WikiLeaks released a trove of classified U.S. diplomatic cables at the weekend, denies the Swedish allegations.
Christine Assange, who runs a puppet theater in Australia`s Queensland state, said she was worried about her son`s wellbeing as Australia`s government joined the United States in launching an investigation into whether Assange and WikiLeaks had broken security or criminal laws.
"He`s my son and I love him and obviously I don`t want him hunted down and jailed. I`m reacting as any mother would. I`m distressed," she told Australian radio. "A lot of stuff that`s written about me and Julian is untrue."
Assange, who was born in Townsville, Queensland has gone underground since WikiLeaks controversially began publishing more than 250,000 secret U.S. government documents.
Assange`s arrest warrant was issued by Sweden`s International Public Prosecution Office in Gothenburg on November 18.