19/ago/2012 da BBCNews2012
BBC News HD – Julian Assange makes statement outside Ecuadorean embassy ‘in fighting spirit’ 2012
BREAKING NEWS LIVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nqv1DSTVv4 Speaking at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Julian Assange says the US’s ‘war on whistle-blowers must end’ Julian Assange’s legal adviser, Baltasar Garzon, has said his client is in “fighting spirit”
The comment came in a statement outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where the Wikileaks founder has been since June.
Mr Assange faces extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he denies.
Mr Garzon added that Mr Assange was “thankful to the people of Ecuador and especially to President Correa for granting him asylum”.ulian Assange appears outside London’s Ecuadorean embassy to speak about the diplomatic row over him being granted asylum.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made his first public statement since entering the Ecuadorean embassy in London in June to seek asylum.
He called on US President Barack Obama to “do the right thing” and for his government to “renounce its witch hunt against Wikileaks”.
Mr Assange spoke from a balcony at the embassy and thanked Ecuador’s president, who has granted him asylum.
He faces extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he denies.
Mr Assange said: “As Wikileaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies.
“We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America.
“Will it return to and re-affirm the revolutionary values it was founded on?
“Or will it lurch off the precipice, dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark.