THE father of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be in Albury on Wednesday as part of a tour seeking backing for his imprisoned son.
John Shipton and others are travelling to Canberra via Sydney on the Home Run for Julian.
They will be outside the old Albury courthouse in Dean Street from 11am with a petition calling for Assange to be brought home to Australia from Britain.
Assange is being held in an English jail and awaiting the outcome of an appeal by the US against a judge's decision not to permit his extradition across the Atlantic on the basis of his poor health.
The US wants to try him on spying and hacking charges relating to information released through Wikileaks.
Mr Shipton said yesterday the tour was designed to canvass support as well as thank those that had argued for his son's release.
"Julian's support is from average people, so the energy rises up rather than flows downwards," Mr Shipton said, adding he had spoken to Indi MP Helen Haines about the situation.
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The campaigner speaks to his son regularly on the phone and said Assange, who he last met in March last year, had taken a keen interest in the tour.
"My impression is that when you're locked up in a cell for 23 hours a day and only got a telephone it's a way to get your mind out and about," Mr Shipton said.
He hopes if the extradition ruling stands his son will be deported.
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"His visa to the United Kingdom ran out 10 and a half years ago when the persecution started so they would just put him on a plane and usually it's the shortest route and the shortest route is straight to Perth," Mr Shipton said.
"I'm happy with it (homecoming) under health or happy with it under politics."
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