Daily Mail covers Assange speech

Wikileaks founder taunts British government from inside Ecuadorian embassy as he demands an end to America’s ‘war on whistleblowers’

  • Hundreds of supporters gather to listen to controversial and provocative speech from balcony of Ecuadorian embassy
  • Assange says he has taken a ‘stand for justice’ and praised the ‘courageous South American nation’ of Ecuador which has granted him political asylum
  • He said: ‘I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The U.S. must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks’
  • It also emerged today that Assange has instructed his lawyers ‘to carry out legal action’ to protect his and WikiLeaks’ rights
PUBLISHED: 14:42, 19 August 2012 UPDATED: 18:44, 19 August 2012

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made his first public appearance for two months today as he taunted the British government by giving a speech from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The 41-year-old gave a relaxed seven-minute statement demanding an end to America’s war on whistleblowers’ – while also rubbing ministers’ noses in their continued failure to arrest him.
Assange, who security sources said would be arrested if he put one ‘toe’ outside the Ecuadorian embassy, appears to be relishing his position as political asylum seeker, having been holed up for two months as he seeks to avoid extradition from Britain.
The Australian began his balcony address by declaring: ‘I am here today because I cannot be there with you today’ – referring to his asylum bid which has become costly and embarrassing for the British government.
Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador on Thursday as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations. 
Controversial: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made his first public appearance for two months today to demand the American government's 'war on whistleblowers' must end

Controversial: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made his first public appearance for two months today to demand the American government’s ‘war on whistleblowers’ must end
Outspoken: He also said he had taken a 'stand for justice' and praised the 'courageous South American nation' of Ecuador,which has granted him political asylum

Outspoken: He also said he had taken a ‘stand for justice’ and praised the ‘courageous South American nation’ of Ecuador,which has granted him political asylum
Julian Assange
Julian Assange
Worried: During the seven minute speech, he said: ‘As WikiLeaks stands under threat so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our democracies’
Crowded: Hundreds of supporters, journalists and police officers filled the Knightsbridge street to listen to Assange speak

Crowded: Hundreds of supporters, journalists and police officers filled the Knightsbridge street to listen to Assange speak
The WikiLeaks founder has been trapped in the embassy for almost two months without having been seen or heard from.
Hundreds of his supporters had gathered to listen to the Australian as well as vast amounts of global media. There was also about 100 police officers.
Assange made his speech from the safety of a small balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy knowing that if he stepped foot outside he would be arrested.
During the seven minute speech, he said: ‘As WikiLeaks stands under threat so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our democracies. 
‘We must use this moment to articulate the choice before the government of the U.S. Will it revert to the values it was founded on or will it launch off the precipice dragging us all into a dark, repressive world in which journalists live under fear of prosecution.
Protected: Assange, centre , made his speech from the safety of a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy knowing that if he stepped foot outside the embassy he would be arrested by police officers

Protected: Assange, centre , made his speech from the safety of a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy knowing that if he stepped foot outside the embassy he would be arrested by police officers
Grateful: Assange praised the 'courage' shown by the South American nation's president for granting him asylum

Grateful: Assange praised the ‘courage’ shown by the South American nation’s president for granting him asylum
Speaking out: This picture taken from inside the embassy shows the vast support and police presence in front of Assange

Speaking out: This picture taken from inside the embassy shows the vast support and police presence in front of Assange
‘I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The U.S. must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks. It must dissolve its FBI investigation and it must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters.
‘The. U.S. must pledge that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the powerful.
‘There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any news organsations. The U.S. administration’s war on whistleblowers must end.’
During his speech he also thanked Ecuador for granting him asylum.
He said: ‘I thank President Rafael Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and granting me political asylum.’
He also offered an apology to his family, saying: ‘To my family and my children who have been denied their father, forgive me . We will be reunited soon.’
It also emerged today that Assange has instructed his lawyers ‘to carry out a legal action’ to protect his rights.
His legal adviser Baltasar Garzon emerged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London before Assange spoke and said: ‘I have spoken to Julian Assange and I can tell you he is in fighting spirits and he is thankful to the people of Ecuador and especially to the president for granting asylum.
Global interest: A huge group of journalists gathered outside the embassy to listen to Assange speak

Global interest: A huge group of journalists gathered outside the embassy to listen to Assange speak
Under pressure: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, talks with his legal adviser Balthasar Garcon, second right, inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London today

Under pressure: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, talks with his legal adviser Balthasar Garcon, second right, inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London today
Holed up: Assange has been trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy for almost two months

Holed up: Assange has been trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy for almost two months
Fighting back: Julian Assange's legal adviser Baltasar Garzon, pictured, said today that Assange has instructed his lawyers to carry out legal action to protect the rights of himself and WikiLeaks

Fighting back: Julian Assange’s legal adviser Baltasar Garzon, pictured, said today that Assange has instructed his lawyers to carry out legal action to protect the rights of himself and WikiLeaks
‘Julian Assange has always fought for truth and justice and has defended human rights and continues to do so.
‘He demands that WikiLeaks and his own rights be respected.
‘Julian Assange has instructed his lawyers to carry out a legal action in order to protect the rights of WikiLeaks, Julian himself and all those currently being investigated.’
Assange shot to international prominence in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website began publishing a huge trove of American diplomatic and military secrets – including 250,000 U.S. embassy cables that highlight the sensitive, candid and often embarrassing backroom dealings of U.S. diplomats. 
As he toured the globe to highlight the disclosures, two women accused him of sex offences during a trip to Sweden.
Outside the embassy today, Crowds chanted slogans such as ‘I am Julian’, ‘Julian Assange freedom fighter’ and ‘Only one decision, no extradition’ as Mr Assange came on to the balcony wearing a blue shirt, burgundy tie and dark trousers.
Militants from anti-capitalist movements such as Occupy and ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous were present.
There was also a significant contingent of South American supporters chanting slogans in Spanish.
They carried placards with messages such as: ‘You Won’t Stop WikiLeaks – They Changed The World Already’ and ‘Free Press Free Assange’.
Tristan, an unemployed 29-year-old, has been camped out in front of the embassy since Thursday to show his support for Mr Assange and WikiLeaks.
Protest: Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder hold placards as they demonstrate outside the Ecuadorian Embassy today

Protest: Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder hold placards as they demonstrate outside the Ecuadorian Embassy today
Solidarity: There was a huge presence of Assange supporters outside the embassy

Solidarity: There was a huge presence of Assange supporters outside the embassy
‘I will be staying here for as long as it takes,’ he said after the speech.
‘I would like for the British Government to let him (Mr Assange) go to Ecuador or Sweden if the Swedish agree to their original terms and give a guarantee he will not be extradited.
‘He has already asked the Swedish authorities to come here to investigate, he is willing to defend himself against the allegations.
‘All he wants is an assurance he will not be extradited to America just for exposing the truth.’
Laura Mattson, a 29-year-old supporter from London, said she had been greatly impressed by Mr Assange’s words.
Asked whether she thought Mr Assange should face the accusations against him, she said: ‘Is it about the charges or is it about silencing WikiLeaks?
‘I think these allegations are just a way of getting to him.
‘I used to take WikiLeaks for granted but now things are getting very serious and I feel I must take a stand,’ she added.
Last night, the diplomatic row over Julian Assange escalated when the President of Ecuador warned Britain that any attempt to storm its embassy in London would destroy relations between the two countries.
Keeping watch: Police officers stand outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London today before Mr Assange spoke to the Press

Keeping watch: Police officers stand outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London today before Mr Assange spoke to the Press
Warning: Ecuador's President Rafael Correa warned Britain off storming its embassy during his weekly broadcast in Loja

Warning: Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa warned Britain off storming its embassy during his weekly broadcast in Loja
Rafael Correa used his weekly address to the nation to deliver his strongest warning to Britain yet, describing the UK’s stance as ‘grotesque’ and ‘intolerant’.
He said if British police ‘violated Ecuador’s diplomatic mission’ in London it would destroy ties between the two countries.
Mr Correa said: ‘The United Kingdom threat would be breaking the law and encroaching on our embassy. I don’t know who they think I am or what they think our government is. But how could they expect us to yield to their threats or cower before them? My friends, they don’t know who they are dealing with.’
The comments are likely to be welcomed on the streets of Ecuador, where anti-colonial feeling runs high. Meanwhile, the country’s position is attracting growing international support.
Assange has been trapped in the embassy for almost two months without having been seen or heard from.
Britain is adamant the WikiLeaks founder should be extradited to Sweden so he can answer sex charges, which he denies. But Assange and his supporters claim he should be allowed safe passage to Ecuador because its government has already granted him political asylum.
Assange, whose leaks have proved embarrassing for the US government, fears that if he is forced to return to Sweden he will be extradited to America, where his life could be in danger.
Last week, Ministers threatened to strip the embassy of its diplomatic status so police could storm it and arrest Assange. Sources believe the chances of that have diminished but insist Assange will be arrested if  he leaves the building.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190550/WikiLeaks-founder-Julian-Assange-demands-Americas-war-whistleblowers-end-public-appearance-months.html#ixzz241WVaUP0

JULIA –  Anonymous, he is happy to stand trial for the alleged sex offences provided he is not extradited to the US. THis is quite clear. 

It is curious to me how this is all taking main stage now to replace the Olympic show. It’s the new show. And as such, it must have been set up this way to some degree. The British Government propelled it to centre stage with their threat to break the diplomatic rules and arrest him. To me, this seems like a devious way to draw our attention back to Wikileaks and what they have exposed. It’s almost like the Occupy thing again. It also makes me more certain that they want us to find out the truth, but they are not alllowed to tell us directly. Maybe similar to the way that a teacher wants the pupils to do well during an exam, but is duty bound not to tell them any of the answers. 

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6 Responses to “Daily Mail covers Assange speech”

  1. Anonymous says:

    How about we expose the truth on his suspected sexual assault and rape charges first before we look at his other offences.

    Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time in a US jail.

    Take some responsibility for your actions.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That guy with the cardboard sign, arrest those who do crime…. my sentiments exactly.

  3. Anonymous says:

    To annonimouse 1
    There are none more enslaved than those that think they are free.
    You should get out more and realise there are people out there fighting for our freedoms.
    Just because Cameron is PM doesn’t make him an upright citizen.
    For a start his family own “standard bank” which is accused of money laundering and breaking sanctions against Iran. He is making £billions and not paying tax. His great great grandfather founded the HSBC bank now being accused of the same.
    Dont throw dirt at people trying to help us try getting proper criminals arrested.
    John

  4. Julia says:

    Anonymous, he is happy to stand trial for the alleged sex offences provided he is not extradited to the US. THis is quite clear.

    It is curious to me how this is all taking main stage now to replace the Olympic show. It’s the new show. And as such, it must have been set up this way to some degree. The British Government propelled it to centre stage with their threat to break the diplomatic rules and arrest him. To me, this seems like a devious way to draw our attention back to Wikileaks and what they have exposed. It’s almost like the Occupy thing again. It also makes me more certain that they want us to find out the truth, but they are not alllowed to tell us directly. Maybe similar to the way that a teacher wants the pupils to do well during an exam, but is duty bound not to tell them any of the answers.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, Even Julia is curious how this computer hacker has achieved the full coverage of the press.
    The biggest fraud in the history of mankind has been forgotten, a few Libor fines sorted that, and nobody in Jail.
    What I would like to know is where was Julian at the time of 9-11, what was he hacking at that time.
    Was he fishing at the time, did he catch any Speckled Trout.
    For a man with a vague and complex past, how come he has the support of the organised Press.

  6. Toad Hall says:

    I’ve always wondered if Assange is a patsy.

    I mean the stuff he released was not pretty, but it was the sort of thing most people expected.

    But there was no major evidence of the real stuff we all know is going on.

    If you want to cover up the big secret, release a few little secrets you can cope with as a smoke scrren. And then persue the whistle blower like he is the worst human and earth.

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