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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is merely 'fighting baddies,' says his mom

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's mother Christine is defending her son as fighting a good fight, saying she gave him a strong grounding in ethics.

By Staff writer / December 1, 2010

In this Oct. 23 file photo, founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, speaks during a press conference in London.

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The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has emerged to defend her son as fighting a good fight, saying she raised a highly intelligent and sensitive boy, and gave him a strong grounding in ethics.

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"Whether you agree with what Julian does or not, living by what you believe in and standing up for something is a good thing," she told the Australian newspaper Herald Sun, in an article dated Dec. 2. "He sees what he's doing as doing a good thing in the world, fighting baddies, if you like."

But that’s not exactly what government authorities are considering as they seek to arrest the renegade Australian. Mr. Assange is wanted on rape allegations in Sweden, the international police organization Interpol has issued a “red notice” alert for his arrest, and Australian and American law enforcement agencies are reportedly studying the possibility of issuing criminal charges against him.

While leftist Latin American governments praise his efforts, former friends and colleagues describe him as a self-absorbed authoritarian. Yet none can deny his growing stardom. He is reportedly leading the poll for Time magazine’s 2010 “Person of the Year” – a title that went last year to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and before that to President-elect Barack Obama.

Person of the Year?

Born in Townsville, Queensland, the former computer hacker and now self-styled “editor-in-chief” of WikiLeaks on Sunday began releasing the website’s third major cache of confidential US documents in five months.

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