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Julian Assange at Embassy of Ecuador in London
(RT.com) Julian Assange has made his first public appearance in the two months since he took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He thanked the hundreds of people gathered outside the embassy for their support, claiming it was their resolve and presence that stopped British police from storming the building.
"On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy and police desceneded on this building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the worlds eyes with you. Inside this embassy after dark I could hear teams of police swarming up into the building through the internal fire escape," Assange said. "But I knew there'd be witnesses. And that was because of you."
The WikiLeaks founder also thanked Ecuadorian President Raphael Correa "for the courage he has shown" in granting him asylum, as well as other nations and individuals who support Correa's decision. Assange then slammed the US government and President Barack Obama, calling for an end to the "witch hunt against WikiLeaks."
"The United States must pledge before the world will not pursue journalists for shining light on the secret crimes of the powerful. The US administration’s war against whistleblowers must end," he said. He also spoke on Bradley Manning, the Army Private who was slapped with 22 criminal charges for his alleged role in leaking intelligence documents to WikiLeaks, which were then made publicly available on the Internet. Manning has been imprisoned for more than 800 days in pre-trial detention, and has yet to be brought before a military tribunal. "On Wednesday, Bradley spent his 815th day of detention without trial. The legal maximum is 120 days," Assange said. "If Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and invaluable to all of us. Bradley Manning must be released."
The WikiLeaks founder was granted political asylum by Ecuador on Thursday – a decision that ignited a wave of international response, with the UK and Sweden opposing the verdict and Latin American countries strongly supporting Ecuador’s move.
'War on whistleblowers must end!' - Assange speech at Ecuador Embassy Julian Assange makes his first public appearance in two months, ever since he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder was granted political asylum on Thursday -- a decision that ignited a wave of international responses, with the UK and Sweden opposing the verdict and Latin American countries strongly supporting Ecuador's move.
Julian Assange supporter outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
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