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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.

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Each release has set a new mark for the “largest leak” of government documents in US history. The latest includes 251,287 US diplomatic cables – provided in advance to Germany's Der Spiegel, Spain's El País, France's Le Monde, and the Guardian in Britain (which in turn passed it along to The New York Times). As of Wednesday morning, only 485 cables were viewable on WikiLeaks.org, with the remainder to go online in the coming months.

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A Swedish court issued a detention order for Assange on Nov. 18, on allegations of "rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion” that prosecutors had been investigating for months. Assange denies any wrongdoing and has appealed the arrest warrant, Sweden's High Court said on Dec. 1 – a day after Interpol issued a 'red notice' against Assange connected to Sweden's allegations.

According to the New York Daily Post, a British lawyer acting for Assange said "the basis for the rape charge purely seems to constitute a post-facto dispute over consensual, but unprotected sex days after the event."

Latest defense

Mrs. Assange's latest defense of her son followed several recent interviews with Australian news organizations, apparently stepping out of obscurity to defend her son. While she went by the pseudonym "Claire" in a recent New Yorker article, she is now speaking openly.

In addition to her interview with the Herald Sun, she spoke with the Sunshine Coast Daily and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from her home on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, saying: “He's my son and I love him and obviously I don't want him hunted down and jailed. A lot of stuff that is written about me and Julian is untrue."

Apparently in an effort to set the record straight, she has divulged a number of details about her “highly intelligent” son. He was a “lovely boy, very sensitive, good with animals, quiet and has a wicked sense of humor," she told the Herald Sun. He was brought up without religion but with a strong code of ethics. "He didn't actually come from a background of high technology; he came from a background of creativity and a love of learning and books."

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