Julian Assange Calls for U.S. to End ‘Witch Hunt’ Against Wikileaks

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Julian Assange made his first public speech in months on Sunday to supporters outside of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, calling on the United States to end its “witch hunt” against Wikileaks and to release Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with leaking classified information to Wikileaks.

“There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organisations, be it Wikileaks or the New York Times,” he said. “The U.S. war on whistleblowers must end.”

Assange said that Obama needs to “do the right thing” and said that the U.S. is at a crossroads.

“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.”

After being granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government last week, Assange thanked them and the crowd of supporters for their support and “generosity of spirit”.

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