Assange's mom says Wikileaks founder suffering
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Christine Assange, holds up a picture of her son Julian when he was 4-years-old, during a press conference, after meeting with Ecuador's foreign minister in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, July 30, 2012. / AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says her son's health is suffering after more than a month confined to Ecuador's embassy in London.
Christine Assange is in Ecuador to meet with officials about her son's political asylum request. Ecuadorean officials have said they will not announce a decision until after the London Olympic Games end in mid-August.
The mother told an Ecuadorean TV station Monday that her son, owing to his cramped living conditions and inability to exercise, has extreme psychological stress.
The activist who published secret U.S. documents took refuge in the embassy on June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about allegations of sexual misconduct.
Assange says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States.
Popular on CBSNews.com
One year after Afghan massacre, villagers work with U.S. troops One year after U.S. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, the villagers in the town where the atrocity took place have joined the U.S. special forces stationed there to assist in the fight against the Taliban.
- Celebration and devotion in India 14 Photos
- 50th Paris Air Show 19 Photos
- Nameplate to blame for halt in Afghan-Taliban talks
- Rare twin birth for gorilla in Dutch zoo Play Video
- John Paul II a step closer to sainthood
- Rare twin gorillas born in Dutch zoo
- Brazil protesters flood Sao Paulo streets for 2nd night
- One of FBI's Ten Most Wanted nabbed in Mexico