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Julian Assange urges US to renounce "witchhunt"

08-20-2012 14:00 BJT

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Julian Assange made his first public appearance on Sunday-- and at this hour, he is still holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy. With the world’s media waiting since early morning there was strong sense of anticipation in the air in South West London on Sunday.

Rumours of how the Wikileaks founder would make his address in public without being arrested were rife. In the end after several speeches from supporters, a pale figure emerged, gingerly.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west
London August 19, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

He began by thanking the crowds of supporters outside for being vigilant of the British authorities’ attempts to apprehend him. But the main message was aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama.

Julian Assange said, "The United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation; the United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful."

Britain has said that it won’t permit the Wikileaks’ leader safe passage from the Embassy to take up asylum in Ecuador. But it has distanced itself from a perceived threat to raid the premises - after a diplomatic outcry.

Julian Assange said, "Remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world and a courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice."

Latin American supporters of Assange were jubilant at his appearance and the stance taken by Ecuador.

Well, there’s something of a carnival atmosphere here at the Ecuadorian Embassy after the announcement. Support for Assange and the Ecuadorian authorities seems to have soared over the last couple of hours over what they feel is nothing lass than provocation by the British authorities.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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