| International News | Friday June 22 2012 7:33
Julian Assange says supporters who staked thousands of dollars to secure his British bail will not be left out of pocket by his bid for Ecuadorian political asylum.
During a phone call with his Brisbane-based mother on Thursday the WikiLeaks founder, who remains holed up in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for a third day, said he has the support of his sponsors.
"The people who gave surety for his bail support his action," Christine Assange told AAP.
"He's got his own money tied up in that as well and his understanding is that (seeking) asylum is an appeal process and his bail should be protected because of that.
"Julian told me that the asylum process is internationally recognised as a legitimate form of appeal and that the bail should not be forfeited."
In contrast to Assange's understanding, Scotland Yard said the Australian has breached his bail conditions and faces arrest outside the diplomatic protection of the embassy.
Several individuals including filmmaker Michael Moore, journalist John Pilger and socialite Jemima Khan became sureties for Assange by helping post STG240,000 ($A372,000) bail as British courts considered his appeals against extradition.
Swedish authorities want Assange in Stockholm for questioning over sexual assault allegations against two women in 2010.
Assange denies wrongdoing and argues that if extradited, Swedish authorities will hand him over to the United States where the operations of WikiLeaks are under investigation.
On May 30 Britain's Supreme Court became the latest tier of the UK judicial system to order Assange to Stockholm.
While the Australian had previously indicated his intention to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights, on Tuesday the 40-year old turned to Ecuador.
"The Crown Prosecution Service representing Sweden has been trying to stop ... Julian take his case to the Court of Human Rights," Ms Assange said.
"The Supreme Court gave him 14 days to get his appeal in but they (Sweden) are pushing for no days ... which would close that avenue of appeal. That's one of the reasons why he sought asylum."
While Assange has made a general submission to Ecuador seeking asylum, his mother said he continues to work with lawyers to strengthen his case.
"If they are going to have to go through a detailed legal submission, it's not going to happen overnight," she said.
Asked how long her son expected to remain at the embassy she said no one knew, but anticipated "quite a few days".
"I heard about one bloke who lived in an embassy for 15 years," Ms Assange said.
She added that their conversation had not touched on the prospect of life in the South American country.
"I don't know what his plan is. I guess that will be decided when his asylum is granted."
Ecuador is considering Assange's application under its commitment to a United Nations agreement.
"The fact is that many countries are signatories to this Universal Declaration for Human Rights but it seems that the US and UK and Australia and Sweden have abdicated their responsibility," Ms Assange said.
She remains critical of the Australian government for the "lack of support" it has shown her son, rejecting claims by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr that Assange has received repeated consular assistance.
Ms Assange said her son was "upbeat" during their phone conversation.
"His spirits are buoyed by the support and he's grateful and humble and thanks his supporters, including those in the media, and he's in fighting spirit," she said.
"Hearing him sound OK and knowing that he is at least in good hands made a huge difference to me."
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