- Hundreds of supporters gather to listen to controversial and provocative speech from balcony ofEcuadorian 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
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made his first public appearance for two months today to demand the American government’s ‘war on whistleblowers’ must end.
He also said he had taken a ‘stand for justice’ and praised the ‘courageous South American nation’ of Ecuador as he spoke from the balcony of its embassy in central London.
The 41-year-old 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. MORE HERE