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Assange claims death threats by GIs

Assange claims death threats by GIs
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to the world media outside the Royal Courts of Justice after being bailed by a British judge in London on December 16, 2010. UPI/Hugo Philpott | License Photo

LONDON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Julian Assange in England says he is getting death threats from American soldiers and his appearance after his release was cut short for his safety.

In an interview with Spain's El Pais from the mansion where he is under house arrest, the WikiLeaks founder said, "I receive death threats all the time. My lawyer receives them, my son receives them. Most of them seem to come from members of the United States armed forces."

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Assange's son Daniel, 20, who works for a software design company, is believed to be in hiding in Australia.

Assange said, "I feel very determined. I have seen that we received support on a global scale, especially in South America and Australia, and it seems as if everybody everywhere is supporting us."

He said police feared he would be assassinated when he left court after being granted bail Thursday.

Assange said he had been held in a wing of London's Wandsworth Prison housing "people who have been convicted of sexual offenses, child killers. … "There were crazy pedophiles who shouted all night about their crimes."

But said he the guards supported him. One gave him a card reading, "I only have two heroes in this world: Martin Luther King and you," he said.

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