Julian Assange was bundled into a police van following his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy CREDIT:HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS

Julian Assange’s mother has accused Theresa May of using her son’s “thuggish” arrest to divert attention from “her Brexit dog’s breakfast”.

Mrs Assange, who pledged to “fight like hell” to clear her son’s name, tweeted: “Theresa May trying to divert attention away from her Brexit dog’s breakfast by cheering on the thuggish, brutal, unlawful arrest of my courageous, tortured multi-award winning journalist son Julian!”

Referring to Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, she tweeted: “Shame on you @Lenin #Moreno! May the Ecuadorean people seek vengeance upon you, you dirty, deceitful, rotten traitor!

Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates’ Court after his removal from the embassy on Thursday.

District Judge Michael Snow described his behaviour as “that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests”.
His mother tweeted: “UK judge should NOT be making statements like this! This is (a) rubbish Legal process!”
Earlier today, Mrs Assange issued a plea to police, prison officers and court staff in another tweet.
She said her son had been “detained without charge”, “deprived of fresh air, exercise and sun” and “denied proper medical/dental care” for several years.
She also claimed he had been “isolated/tortured” for a year.
“Please be patient, gentle & kind to him,” she tweeted.