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Reaction to assange’s 1st public appearance

08-20-2012 07:03 BJT

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Britain has said it will not grant Wikileaks founder Julian Assange safe passage out of the UK. Britain insists that it must follow the law and deliver him to Sweden on a binding European arrest warrant. Earlier, the 41-year-old Australian appeared in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador’s Embassy two months ago to avoid extradition on sex crime allegations. Some experts support his case.

Andy Higginbottom, Professor, Latin American Politics, Kingston UNIV. said, "He’s obviously got a case for asylum. It’s quite rational to grant him asylum and I hope that the British government changes its position, but I think that it will take the mobilisation of people here in London and in Britain to get our government to change their position."

Dozens of supporters of Assange demonstrated outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London hours after he addressed them from a small balcony of the building whilst dozens of British police looked on. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Thursday, and he remains in the Embassy out of reach of British authorities. Assange and his supporters claim the Swedish case is merely the opening gambit in a Washington-orchestrated plot to make him stand trial in the U.S, something disputed by both Swedish authorities and the women involved. The White House declined comment on Sunday, but on Saturday it said Assange’s fate is an issue for Sweden, Britain and Ecuador to resolve.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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