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On Thursday the WSWS met John Shipton, Julian Assange's father, in Berlin to talk about the condition of his son's jailing in the maximum security Belmarsh Prison in London. The day before Shipton had given a press conference and addressed the weekly "Candles 4 Assange" rally in Berlin, to inform the public about his son's illegal imprisonment and demand his freedom. The interview with Shipton, a very warm and courageous human being, started with an interesting and contentious half-hour of discussion. He raised fundamental historical and theoretical issues like the viability of Marxism, socialism and a revolutionary perspective. However, he agreed ultimately that the task at hand was working together to build a powerful, international campaign to prevent Assange's rendition to the United States and secure his freedom. Shipton, who had visited his son just before traveling to Berlin, described the gruesome situation he is facing in Belmarsh.