Julian Assange on May 19, 2017, in London.

Julian Assange on May 19, 2017, in London. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS)

The family of Julian Assange defended the WikiLeaks founder as an unfairly imprisoned journalist while opening up about their ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the case and the subsequent effects it could have on the free press.

Assange is wanted in the United States on charges related to WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of classified documents back in 2010 and 2011. They primarily pertained to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Assange argued exposed wrongdoing by the U.S.

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