Julian Assange became the father of two children while spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, he emerged.
Wikileaks founder, who has been detained in Belmarsh prison since being dragged out of the embassy last year, was reportedly able to keep Gabriel and Max’s births secret from officials and diplomats.
He had to watch his fiancée Stella Morris, 37, give birth to a video link as he sought refuge at the embassy. The revelations emerged in court documents in the United States, where it faces 17 charges under the Espionage Act and one of conspiracy to commit cyber intrusions.
The couple first met in 2011 and got engaged in 2017. The two boys, Gabriel and Max, are now three and one respectively.
Speaking to Sunday mailMorris revealed that Assange saw both babies born in London hospitals via live video link, and was able to meet Gabriel after being smuggled into the embassy.
A friend took him to the embassy, appearing to pass the baby on as his own, he said. He said: “I deeply love Julian and can’t wait to marry him.
“For the past five years, I’ve found that love makes the most intolerable circumstances bearable, but that’s different – now I’m terrified of not seeing him alive.
“Julian has been very protective of me and has done his best to protect me from the nightmares of his life.
“I lived quietly and privately, raising Gabriel and Max alone and wishing the day we could be together as a family.”
Assange, who is awaiting an extradition hearing on behalf of the United States, was also wanted in Sweden on rape charges, but they have since been abandoned. The revolutions about the Wikileaks founder came in a statement made by Ms Morris in support of a bail application before her court hearing on May 18.
At the time Gabriel was conceived, the founder of Wikileaks was believed to be under constant surveillance by the American security services and Scotland Yard, which spent £ 13.2 million on a 24-hour police operation.
The 37-year-old claims that American intelligence agencies tried to steal Gabriel’s DNA from a diaper after becoming suspicious of Assange being his father. Morris said he made their report public because he feared that the 48-year-old’s life could be in serious risk if he stayed in Belmarsh where a person had already died of coronavirus.
He said: “Over time Julian and I have developed a strong intellectual and emotional bond. He became my best friend and I became his. “
But he stressed, “Julian’s poor physical health puts him at serious risk, like many other vulnerable people, and I don’t think he will survive the coronavirus infection.
“Mentally, I don’t think it will survive further forced isolation. He is actually in solitary confinement, in a cell for up to 23 and a half hours a day without access to us, his family or the psychiatric help he needs. “