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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures after his statement to the media and supporters on a balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London. -AP Photo

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on US President Barack Obama to stop its “witch-hunt” against his whistleblowing website, as he gave a speech from Ecuador's embassy in London on Sunday.

“I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks,” said Assange, making his first public statement since he was granted political asylum by Ecuador.

Speaking from a balcony at the embassy in an upmarket district of London, Assange praised the “courage” shown by the Latin American nation's President Rafael Correa for granting him asylum.

“I thank President Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and in granting me political asylum,” Assange told journalists and a handful of his supporters gathered outside the embassy.

The 41-year-old Australian walked into the embassy two months ago after exhausting all legal avenues in Britain in his fight against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes.

Assange claims the accusations against him are politically motivated and insists that the United States wants to put him on trial for divulging state secrets.

WikiLeaks enraged Washington by releasing video of a US attack in Iraq, as well as tens of thousands of classified US documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Comments (5) (Closed)


Agha Ata
Aug 19, 2012 01:31pm
Why doesn't Julian Assange approach his plaintiffs and apologize them earnestly, through his supporter and beg them (privately) to withdraw their suit? OR, ask them to request their government not to hand him over to the USA?
Adnan
Aug 19, 2012 07:17pm
Now liberals and mindless "thinkers" go ahead and call Assange a conspiracy theorist... This is the last thing you have learnt.
Humayun Sheikh
Aug 19, 2012 06:15pm
Bravo Mr. Assange, keep serving humanity. All the honourable people of of conscious who love serving humanity in the whole world, with best wishes and for your long life are your supporters. Only the criminal terrorist mentality ones are against you. May GOD bless you and you associates & supporters. Thanks, again for your service to humanity.
U M
Aug 19, 2012 06:01pm
...the point of saying that anyway ?
Humayun Sheikh
Aug 20, 2012 07:35am
Bravo Mr. Assange, keep serving humanity. All the honourable people of conscious who love serving humanity in the whole world, with best wishes and for your long life are your supporters. Only the criminal terrorist mentality ones are against you. May GOD bless you and your associates & supporters. Thanks, again for your service to humanity.