Assange’s mother urges people to appreciate ‘crusading journalists’



Sydney: The mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has urged the public to congratulate crusading journalists, and beware of governments trying to ‘hide the truth.’

While addressing nearly 80 people at a forum at the University of Adelaide's Elder Hall entitled Julian Assange - Journalist or Terrorist?, Christine Assange warned people against totalitarian governments.

“Without free speech we have not got anything,” The Herald Sun quoted her, as saying.

“If you see a journalist doing good stories pat him or her on the back, if they are not doing good stories tell them so - personal contact is very important,” she added.

Meanwhile, Assange, 41, remains in the Ecuador embassy in London in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assaults.

He fears he will be extradited to the United States to face charges over publication on his website of secret US documents.

ANI