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John Shipton said in Geneva that he had visited his son in a British prison two days ago and needed to “face the bitter truth” that he “may die in jail”.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,” he said.

Assange used WikiLeaks to publish classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq that proved highly embarrassing to the US government.

Julian Assange's biological father John Shipton. Picture: AAP

Julian Assange’s biological father John Shipton. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Since then, he has been entangled in a web of judicial proceeding, and is currently fighting a US bid to extradite him from Britain on charges filed under the Espionage Act that could land him a sentence of up to 175 years in an American prison.

The 48-year-old whistleblower is currently being held at a top-security British prison after police sensationally dragged him out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

He had been holed up in the embassy since 2012 to avoid an extradition order to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over accusations of sexual assault, which he has denied.

Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, wearing a mask, reads a statement during a protest against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Picture: AFP

Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, wearing a mask, reads a statement during a protest against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

British-Sri Lankan rapper, singer-songwriter M.I.A. at the demonstration in London. Picture: AFP

British-Sri Lankan rapper, singer-songwriter M.I.A. at the demonstration in London. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes,” Mr Shipton said.

“It is beyond obscene.”

Assange remains in jail in England. Picture: Supplied

Assange remains in jail in England. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

His comments followed a warning from an independent UN rights expert last week that the treatment of Assange was putting his life “at risk”.

“Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr Assange’s continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life,” the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, said.



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