The Australian son of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged fair and apolitical treatment for his father and said that he hoped his arrest in Britain wasn't a "step towards his extradition to the US."
Melbourne-based software developer Daniel Assange, 20, said he hadn't been in contact with his father for a number of years, but called for him to be treated justly now that he had "finally" been arrested in Britain.
"Let us do our best to ensure my father is treated fairly and apolitically," said Assange, late Tuesday on the Twitter microblogging site.
"I'm hoping this isn't just an intermediary step towards his extradition to the US."
Writing under the pseudonym @somnidea, Assange said he couldn't see how Swedish prosecutors could "possibly convict" his father of the sex charges for which his extradition to Stockholm was being sought.
"The behaviour of the Swedish legal system hasn't exactly been encouraging so far," he added, expressing doubts that his father would be treated fairly.
Assange also defended his father against claims his publication of some 250,000 US diplomatic cables could leave him open to criminal charges.
"If that is the case, then every single news outlet that has republished the cables or derivatives thereof is equally culpable," the genetics graduate wrote.
Julian Assange was arrested in London on Tuesday on a warrant seeking his extradition to Sweden on sex assault charges. The elusive hacker, 39, denies the allegations and his lawyers have said, "they will fight his extradition."
Daniel Assange was reportedly born when Julian was just 18 and the identity of his mother is not known. He has kept his distance from the media and his father's lawyers say he has been subjected to death threats.
Julian Assange's mother Christine Assange has told Australian media that her son distanced himself from the family for their own safety due to his growing notoriety.
The younger Assange wrote on his blog in August that he had "much respect for my father and his cause."
"And these ridiculously ill-handled allegations of sexual abuse serve only to distract from the audacious awesomeness that he has actually done," he said.