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Julian Assange’s father: My fight to free son whose childhood I missed

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Ithaka,” which details their efforts to pressure the US to drop espionage charges against Assange. The documentary, screenings, and a speaking tour are the latest episode in the sprawling saga that started when Assange published Wikileaks in 2010, revealing deeply-held American secrets — about the conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — which shocked the world but infuriated the agencies from which they were hacked and leaked.

The documentary shows Shipton and Gabriel, who didn’t meet his half-brother Julian until he was nearly 20, trying to rally international support in Europe, Mexico, and the US for the freedom of Assange. “Ithaka” is both a film about Assange’s legal predicament and a glimpse into a fractured family.In his unauthorized biography, published in 2011, Assange says his biological father was “missing” from his childhood in Australia.

Assange took his stepfather Brett’s surname when his mother, Christine, married shortly after splitting from Shipton. But Christine divorced Brett when Julian was nine and took up with a charismatic but violent musician named Leif Meynell who was a member of “The Family” cult, plunging her own family into chaos.The Assanges’ relationships remain complicated.

Assange has a 34-year-old son called Daniel in Australia, and sons Gabriel, six, and Max, four, with his once-secret wife Stella Moris Assange.

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