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.

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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.

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website, arrives at Great Britain's Supreme Court Feb. 1, 2012, in London.
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website, arrives at Great Britain's Supreme Court Feb. 1, 2012, in London.
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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.

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