Assange calls for end of “war on whistleblowers”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-19/assange-calls-for-end-to-witch-hunt/4208800

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has broken his silence after spending nearly two months holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Speaking from a first-floor balcony at the embassy as British police stood guard beneath him, Mr Assange called on the US government to give up its “witch-hunt” against WikiLeaks.

Mr Assange has sought asylum with Ecuador after a British court ordered that he can be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

Mr Assange claims the sexual assault charges are a ruse and the United States will try to extradite him once he is in Sweden to face charges relating to the release of thousands of classified diplomatic cables.

US politicians have made no secrets of their desire to bring WikiLeaks’ operations to a close, and Mr Assange says as long as the organisation remains under threat, “so does the freedom of expression and the health of all of our societies”.

“I ask [US president Barack Obama] to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks,” he said.

“There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organisation, be it WikiLeaks or The New York Times.

“The US war on whistleblowers must end.”

The British government has threatened to revoke Ecuador’s diplomatic status so that police can enter the embassy and arrest Mr Assange.

There were suggestions that the WikiLeaks founder would make his address from the embassy’s doorstep; however, authorities had warned he could be arrested, because that area is not considered Ecuadorian territory.

Full statement: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9485941/Julian-Assange-Ecuadorean-embassy-statement-in-full.html

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good speech..i dont like this guy but i will support his efforts to be treated correctly..keep in mind manning has been held for 800 days without trial..this has a got a long way to go to play out..

401

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8 Responses to “Assange calls for end of “war on whistleblowers””

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  2. wikileaks had been blowing the whistle on governments for ages and the US politicians didn’t care …. there was certainly no effort to shut them down.. but then they expose the underbellies of same politicians and their tax payer funded shenanigans and they demand he be shut down …
    shame on Australia’s government for being America’s puppie and not helping an Australian citizen .. but then maybe Australia’s politicians are afraid what wikileaks might unearth about them

    • you’ve been perfectly fooled.

      assange admits he witheld leaks from israel – is that what whistleblowers do? withhold leaks?

      assange said he had devastating information about bank of america that he would release… eventually. nothing happened. is that what whistleblowers do? no, that’s what extortion artists do.

      assange’s most famous “leaks” were actually document dumps *sold* to mainstream publications like the new york times, which subsequently redacted and otherwise edited the leaks. is that what whistleblowers do? sell and redact their leaks?

      assange received an award from the rothschilds (through their magazine, the economist) and high praise from a war criminal, benjamin nethanyahu. is that what you would expect from a true threat to the establishement?

      as i’ve said for years now… the (redacted) leaks are real, the leaker isn’t. and what is being left out is just as important as what is being leaked – actually moreso.

      • i agree..thats my line of view on assange as well..its what we dont see thats more importnat than what we do..the aussie govt are still pathetic wimps buts that another story..

  3. Very interesting times. It seems things are started genuinely but when they reach a certain point the people are corrupted. Is this the way of the world?

    • i think its all corrupted but we get some truth mixed with disinformation..as xxx says..what julian didnt leak is more important than what he did leak!

  4. xxx I agree 100%.

    twawki, unfortunately this didn’t start with “genuine” intent, it’s ALL a smoke screen.

    Seek we’ve done the Assange/aust gov dance before, I was gonna let it go but I’m at my Assange b.s breaking point………He could have gone to the Australian embassy- he did not – he’s not a victim- and it’s been “reported” that he has actually refused offers of assistance http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-18/carr-denies-us-seeking-assange-extradition/4207426 but seen as though we’re all prepared to jump on board and be outraged at whoever he or his (now appearing in the media) family wants us to be outraged at why not????? I understand your feelings on the aust govt in general but not on this bandwagon.

    As a side note, I heard them talking him up as a “family man” on mainstream radio yesterday. Just a regular aussie dad, who’s in trouble for exposing the truth. Seriously.

    • have a look at his links to the The Family and hamilton byrne..he was one of the white haired kids we all saw on tv years ago..i think hes been a project kid for a long time..understand that i agree with you and xxx..but this government is lying its ass off..

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