Julian Assange’s father has called for his son’s ‘torment’ to end after he visited him inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The WikiLeaks founder has been living inside the embassy for more than six years amid fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves.
He was visited on Thursday by his father John Shipton, and two German MPs who are campaigning for Mr Assange to be able to leave the embassy without being extradited.
He said he was not yet certain if he could see his son on Christmas Day because of restrictions to visitors imposed by the Ecuador government earlier this year.
German MPs Heike Haensel and Sevim Dagdelen spent more than an hour inside the embassy meeting with Assange.
They called on European governments to help break the deadlock and prevent any extradition to the U.S. They accused the UK Government of not taking steps to secure Mr Assange’s future safety.
“His situation is extremely precarious and inhuman. He is isolated for 80% of the time and cannot speak about issues,” said Ms Dagdelen.
Assange has been branded Britain’s most unwelcome houseguest since seeking asylum in Ecuador’s Knightsbridge embassy in the summer of 2012. At that time he was fleeing an investigation by the Swedish authorities into allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Scotland Yard mounted a round-the-clock security operation that cost taxpayers more than $16 million before abandoning it several years later. Assange has still refused to leave, despite suffering depression and ill health and falling out with his hosts who cut off his internet access.
The Ecuadorians have given him citizenship and considered various schemes to help him escape, including granting him diplomatic status.
Assange believes he will be arrested for breaching bail before being extradited to the U.S. to face trial and potentially life in prison.
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