WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange demands America’s ‘war on whistleblowers’ must end during first public appearance in two months

August 19, 2012


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made his first public appearance for two months today to demand the American government’s ‘war on whistleblowers’ must end.

He also said he had taken a ‘stand for justice’ and praised the ‘courageous South American nation’ of Ecuador as he spoke from the balcony of its embassy in central London.

The 41-year-old was granted asylum by Ecuador on Thursday as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.

Assange has been trapped in the embassy for almost two months without having been seen or heard from.

Hundreds of his supporters had gathered to listen to the Australian as well as vast amounts of global media. There was also about 100 police officers.

Assange made his speech from the safety of a small balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy knowing that if he stepped foot outside he would be arrested.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Barbara Tilney says:

    Only the naive can believe Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face charges brought by women only after he gained the ire of the US government. .Sweden will extradite him to the US to face charges about which the government has not been specific – only to float the implication what he did was treasonous. Assange has done the US citizenry a favor by demonstrating how governmental ‘experts’ can be outwitted. How safe does that make us feel?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    There is a big difference between a “whistleblower” and a person who commits treason and/or espionage by leaking a nation’s classified information. Assange is NO whistleblower!

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