Assange issues plea from jail

THE founder of WikiLeaks has issued a plea from his London jail for his supporters to keep fighting.

In a world exclusive statement provided to Seven News reporter Mike Duffy via his mother, Julian Assange said he was determined to fight for the future of WikiLeaks.

“My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have always expressed.

“These circumstances shall not shake them. If anything, this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.

“We now know that Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are instruments of US foreign policy. It’s not something we knew before.

“I am calling on the world to protect my work and my people from these illegal and immoral acts.”

The statement, which was also made available to the Daily, came after Mr Duffy posed the question through his mother: “Was it all worth it?”

Julian Assange’s Sunshine Coast mother Christine has flown to London to visit her son and support him in his bail hearing, expected tonight (AEST).

Mrs Assange was not able to see her son face-to-face on Monday but a 10-minute phone call reunited the duo.

It was the first time the Noosa woman spoke to her son since he was arrested.

Mr Assange told his mum there were CCTV cameras monitoring his cell because of fears he could be assassinated for his role in releasing 250,000 confidential US government documents.

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