Asylum: Assange in public for 1st time

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on President Barack Obama to end a "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, after appearing in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago.

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

"I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks," Assange said on Sunday, speaking from a small balcony.

He also called on the US to release Pfc Bradley Manning, the US soldier who has been charged with aiding the enemy by passing the secret files to WikiLeaks and is awaiting trial.

- AP
Daniel Orovan 2012-08-19 03:50:30 PM
Go Julian - champion for the free press!
Craig King 2012-08-19 04:18:38 PM
Not a word about the rape charges or jumping bail. Seems a bit selective in his performance.
Sias Snyman 2012-08-19 04:56:14 PM
It just goes to show, that Europe is still a puppet of the USA.
Rory Short 2012-08-19 05:03:06 PM
The powers that be in the USA were, and are, highly offended by the material that appears on Wikkileaks, that much is clear. I have not gone on to Wikkileaks myself but it would seem that it reveals all sorts of official activities that the USA in particular would not like to become public knowledge but now it is out in public thanks to Wikkileaks. In that Wikkileaks is performing a much needed service for the community at large. I have no opinion about the moral calibre, or lack thereof, of Julian Asange himself because given the USA's desire to silence and/or discredit him I inevitably question the veracity of any reports that cast a bad light on his character.
Bruce 2012-08-19 05:41:29 PM
Free Julian! Promote media freedom...
Denis De La Port 2012-08-19 06:03:24 PM
Assange! The coward, if there is any merit in is "Good" conduct he would trust the legal system in both Sweden and the USA. The arrogant prick deals in anarchy and conspiracy without given the system a chance enforce its own checks and balances. If there is a case to answer too then he must be man enough to do so. To believe the USA will put everything on hold just for him just proves how absorbed the fool is in his own selfish importance.
Wallace Bloss 2012-08-19 07:29:12 PM
viva julian, we are tied with thoses western murderer and rapist, people are killd , rapped,there right violated, and some people are ok with this?????, where is the freedom of speach they always want to teach our countries,..the west has nothing to trade with us anymore that is why thwy making trouble in other nation to syeel from's time for us to wake up!!!!!!!
tim.durrant.520 2012-08-20 12:16:07 PM
This man is a criminal; but somehow it seems the brain-dead masses are supporting him. Let me ask you, if someone raped you, would you want them to play political and diplomatic games to avoid facing up to the consequences of their actions? He chose Ecuador, famously anti UK & anti US as he knew their tin-pot political system would side with him and complicate his arrest diplomatically. Ecuador have granted political asylum to a criminal – and yet, as a country they want the world to take them seriously?! Assange is wanted by the Swedish authorities, the UK has an obligation under European legal agreements to arrest and extradite him. Whether he is sent to the USA for questioning after that is nothing to do with the UK. Europe is not a puppet of the USA. Like the USA; Europe believes in justice. Is it jealousy that causes people to question Europe’s good relations with the US?