This video is called Julian Assange Speech from Ecuador’s London Embassy 19th July 2012.
By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:
Sunday 19 August 2012
The brief speech marked his first public appearance since taking refuge there over two months ago after exhausting legal efforts to appeal an extradition order to Sweden, where authorities want to question him about alleged sex crimes.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa granted him “diplomatic asylum” earlier this month but Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed last week to arrest Mr Assange should he leave the embassy.
But Mr Assange was defiant, demanding the US government end its persecution of WikiLeaks and its associates.
He said that was driving Britain’s zealous pursuit of him.
“As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all of our societies,” he said.
“I ask President Obama to do the right thing – the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks.”
“If Bradley Manning did what he is accused of he is a hero and an example to all of us,” he said.
Pvt Manning has been held for two years in military brigs under appalling conditions and now faces a court martial on 22 charges, including “aiding the enemy.”
Earlier Mr Assange’s newly appointed lawyer Baltasar Garzon told reporters his client had never shied away from questioning by Swedish investigators.
But he insisted on “reasonable assurance” that Sweden would not extradite him in turn to the US, where he is believed to be the subject of a sealed indictment.
Ecuador Comes Out Winner as UK Overreaches with Assange Threats on Likely Behalf of US: here.
US ‘held back Bradley Manning emails’: here.