Two children born to Julian Assange while exiled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London were revealed for the first time.
WikiLeaks founder Assange, 48, had Gabriel, two and Max, one, with attorney Stella Morris, who is now his fiancée.
They were conceived after Miss Morris fell in love with Assange during visits to the embassy while trying to stop her extraditions to Sweden and the United States.
Miss Morris, born in South Africa, says that having children with Assange, who was dragged out of the building last year by the police, was an “act of rebellion”.
But now he fears that the family can never be united because he may die of coronavirus in prison.
Morris, 37, said: “I deeply love Julian and can’t wait to marry him.
“He asked me to marry him in 2017 and I chose a diamond ring, which I showed him online.
“Being in love, getting engaged, having children while at the embassy, was an act of rebellion. Over the past five years, I have found that love makes the most intolerable circumstances bearable.
“But this is different – now I’m terrified of not seeing him alive anymore.
“Julian has been very protective of me and has done his best to protect me from the nightmares of his life.
“I have lived privately, raising Gabriel and Max alone and ardently wishing the day we could be together as a family.
“Now I have to speak because I see that his life is on the verge. Julian’s poor physical health puts him at serious risk, like many other vulnerable people, and I don’t think he will survive coronavirus infections. “
Assange’s mother, Christine, supported the request of Ms Morris to release him from London’s high security Belmarsh prison for health reasons.
He said: “Priti Patel, sec. At home in the UK, he reveals the prey of pedophiles to UK children in the Covid block. Instead of leaving Julian to die in Covid19’s infected prison, release him to catch them.
“He once used his computer skills to help the Australian police do it.”
Assange took up residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden.
A rape charge filed by the country’s prosecutors was later withdrawn, but is also being sought in America for alleged loss of secret intelligence documents.
The Australian is in Belmarsh for violating the conditions of the bail since last April.
His dramatic arrest followed when the police dragged him from the embassy after a seven-year clash.