July 29th, 2012
01:05 AM ET

Julian Assange's mother arrives in Ecuador to plead son's asylum case

The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will meet with Ecuadorian authorities Monday to urge them to grant her son asylum.

Christine Assange, who arrived in the capital city Quito on Saturday, told reporters she will appeal to Ecuador's stance on human rights during her meeting.

"Surely, the president and his staff will make the best decision," Christine Assange said, according to a report in the state-run El Ciudadano website.

Her son has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since applying for political asylum on June 19.

He is seeking to avoid being sent to Sweden over claims of rape and sexual molestation and said he fears if he is extradited there, Swedish authorities could hand him over to the United States.

If her son is sent to the United States, he "could expect a sentence of death or many years in prison with torture as they are doing now with Bradley Manning," Christine Assange said, according to the El Ciudadano report.

"If they did that to a U.S. citizen, they would have fewer qualms about doing a foreigner."

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    @sold out you need to learn to interpret scripture correctly...jesus never showed an ounce of disdain toward his mother...the passage if anything commemorates mary's actions as disciple...she is the first disciple and the first apostle. she said yes to will of God for the salvation of humanity and her whole life was dedicate to doing god's will...you should read the passage the biblical passage known as the manificat...this is a proclaimation of her personhood. lastly god commanded that one should honor thy father and mother...jesus would have done this...now sold out be a goodboy and do the same...

    July 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good morning @Philip and @Rascal Rabble.
    Assange's mother has my sympathies, a mother's due. A solace for a person so persecuted.
    On 9/11, its not just the money trail and those that gained the most in the blood stained insurance and such but which country is having the last laugh.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    9/11 was an easier crime to solve than many bank robberies have been. Just as a bank robber can't wait to spend the money he stole, ditto those whom profited from 9/11.
    Who made the most money off of 9/11? OK. Now track their finances. Bingo. Busted.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Why for goodness sake is@Philip being persecuted now ?
    For speaking out his mind and letting us Americans have a taste of bitterness of what really goes on outside of our insulated sphere of information?

    July 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • do ya

      Saywhat, do you know how many people ha has persecuted under his many screen names here? No? Do you even recognize that he has many other screen names? Just on this page alone, he is also About Wiki. So it's okay for a person to be persecuted if you don't recognize the screen name under which he persecutes? Please. Victoria is also airing her opinion. Philip ain't no angel. Time you learned that.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    My response to@do ya was deleted.
    Let me just say that pl forgive me if I offended@Victoria in any manner.
    My point was precisely what @do ya says. Airing opinions.Why ban one?

    July 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Um, yeah

    The guillotine wasn't born until 1789. There were devices used for cutting heads off before 1789, but they weren't guillotines. Dr. Guillotin wanted a more humane captial punishment, in fact he wanted to do away with capital punishment. Look what happened. Nazi Germany loved this device, also. In love with stuff that dealt death quickly, those.

    July 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. little mister

    Mary, I had to ask my son to help me with it. I removed mine for obvious reasons.

    July 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • really, now

      Really, little mister? Because Kenny told us you live in his backyard small dwelling with a cat and a dog. No mention of a kid. Better go have a talk with you brother in law.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary© Mary© Quite Contrary

    jacked baaaaaybey...lol

    July 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drap™

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    July 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I think you figured it out already, drap‚ĄĘ, lol...

      July 30, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ saywhat, you have my utmost respect and always will. But there is alot of merit in what Victoria says. And as you have not been one of his targets youre most likely not aware of how ruthless he is. There are valid reasons ppl feel this way. Watch & see!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Too bad Victorias post was deleted, she only stated the TRUTH! And yet the trash of the other is still here! Does he own stock in cnn or what? I can think of no good reason you allow those posts to stay otherwise. As he repeatedly hijacks u/n! What gives?

    July 30, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
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