Aug. 19 - Assange berates US from Ecuador's London embassy as he calls on Obama to end what he called a witch-hunt against WikiLeaks. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange used the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy Sunday to berate the United States for threatening freedom of expression and called on U.S. President Barack Obama to end what he calls a witch-hunt against WikiLeaks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE SAYING: "As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all of our societies," Ecuador has granted political asylum to the former computer hacker who incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE SAYING: "I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks," Assange, is wanted in Sweden for questioning regarding allegations of rape and sexual assault. Britain has said he will not be granted safe passage out of his Ecuadorean embassy refuge, which enjoys diplomatic status