Christine Assange.
Christine Assange.

Christine Assange to lobby Rudd

THE mother of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange will make her first public Australian appearance on Friday, rallying for the government to support her son.

Christine Assange today announced she would be speaking to media and invited members of the public along to her press conference outside the Brisbane office of Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at 5.30pm.

Mrs Assange, who lives on the Sunshine Coast, said she wanted to put pressure on Mr Rudd to follow through with promises that he would protect her son.

Today marked another Brisbane rally in support of WikiLeaks, a campaign that Mrs Assange said her son was very grateful for.

“I think it shows that true Queensland spirit of sticking by your mates when you’re in trouble,” Mrs Assange said.

“Queenslanders definitely understand when somebody’s not getting a fair go.”

She scheduled her media conference for only a few hours before the start of a third day in the extradition hearing against Mr Assange in a London court.

The WikiLeaks editor’s legal team want the Swedish prosecutor who issued a European arrest warrant for Mr Assange to take the stand.

Mrs Assange posted her son a letter wishing him good luck before the start of the extradition hearing on Monday.

“He won’t lie down easily without a fight. We’ve got a strong sense of justice. When there’s a terrible injustice being done we will just keep fighting,” she said.

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