Julian Assange's mother has said she handed evidence to Ecuador's government indicating Washington wants to extradite her son to the United States.
She said on Monday she fears the WikiLeaks founder could face execution if extradited. Assange has been staying in Ecuador's embassy in London for nearly six weeks as he awaits a decision on his asylum request by the leftist government of Rafael Correa.
The Australian anti-secrecy campaigner, who antagonised Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret US diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex-crime allegations. He fears that if he is sent to Sweden he could be bundled off to the United States.
At a news conference after a meeting with Ecuador's Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, Christine Assange did not say exactly what evidence she had provided to substantiate her fears.
She said she had made the case for her son's asylum request and relayed her fears that the WikiLeaks founder could face torture and even execution if deported to the US.
"As a mother I'm terrified for what would happen to my son if he's extradited to the United States," she said, fighting back tears as she held pictures of her son as a toddler.