May 11 - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange accepts an Australian human rights award at a ceremony in London for ''exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights.'' Simon Hanna reports.
UPSOT - CHAIR OF SYDNEY PEACE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCING AWARD WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accepts an Australian human rights award at a ceremony in London. The Sydney Peace Foundation honoured Assange for what it called his "exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights". Whistle blowing website WikiLeaks has been in the spotlight once again in recent months as it began publishing around a quarter of a million leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, drawing strong criticism from Washington. While accepting his award, Assange criticised the media for their response to news that the CIA is investigating his organisation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JULIAN ASSANGE, FOUNDER OF WIKILEAKS AND RECIPIENT OF SYDNEY PEACE FOUNDATION GOLD MEDAL AWARD: "The media as a whole was effectively spun. The name of the task force, the WikiLeaks Task Force was WTF. What The Fuck. And of course, everyone just went 'Oh what a joke', 'What a joke a task force WTF, isn't that funny?'. No. It is not funny that there is a dedicated CIA task force into our organisation." Assange, who was awarded the gold medal of honour at the ceremony, is currently fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations. He was not able to travel to Sydney to accept the honour due to his strict bail conditions. Simon Hanna, Reuters.