Statement from Julian Assange from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London: WikiLeaks founder thanks Latin American nations and condemns ‘US war on whistleblowers’: Assange calls for the release of Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source, describing him as one of the world’s foremost political prisoners. He goes on to refer to the jailing in Russia of members the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot. “There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response!” Former britisch diplomat: “It also makes us look very very stupid, because not one country has come out in support of Wiliam Hague’s interpretation of international law”

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Julian Assange urges US to end ‘war on whistleblowers’

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WikiLeaks founder makes speech from balcony of Ecuadorean embassy thanking supporters and asking US to end ‘witch-hunt’

Julian Assange’s statement from a balcony at the Ecuadorean embassy in London Link to this video 

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has urged the United States to end its “war on whistleblowers” as he used a dramatic appearance on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy to thank supporters for backing his fight against extradition.

Assange thanked the nation of Ecuador for taking a “stand for justice” in giving him political asylum, while warning that the United States risked shunting the world into an era of journalistic oppression.

He appeared on the balcony of the South American country’s embassy in London, where he has been taking refuge for two months as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning on sexual assault allegations.

Assange thanked the leaders and people of Ecuador for supporting him and also staff at the London embassy “who have shown me hospitality and kindness, despite the threats we all received”.

He thanked the governments and people of Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American countries who defended the right to asylum and people in the US, UK, Sweden and Australia who supported him in strength even when their governments did not.

“As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America,” he said.

“Will it return to and reaffirm the revolutionary values it was founded on or will it lurch off the precipice, dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?

“I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks.”

There must be no “foolish talk” of prosecuting media organisations, be it WikiLeaks or be it the New York Times newspaper.

Assange also called on the US to end its “war on whistleblowers”, and demanded that Bradley Manning, the US army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the information, be released.

He has been charged with transferring classified data and delivering national defence information to an unauthorised source and faces up to 52 years in jail.

Assange described Manning as a hero and “an example to all of us”, which drew cheers from scores of supporters.

“On Wednesday, Bradley Manning spent his 815th day of detention without trial,” said Assange. “The legal maximum is 120 days.”

Assange referred to recent jailings of people for exercising their freedom of speech and called for enthusiastic opposition to such oppressive actions.

“There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.”

The Australian also thanked other helpful South American nations and supporters around the world, plus his family, including his children, “who have been denied their father”.

He said: “Forgive me, we will be reunited soon.”

Assange emerged at the balcony at the embassy in Knightsbridge to loud cheers from his supporters.

He told them: “I am here today because I cannot be there with you today. But thankyou for coming, thankyou for your resolve, your generosity of spirit.

“On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy, the police descended on this building. You came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the world’s eyes with you.

“Inside this embassy in the dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up inside the building through its internal fire escape.

“But I knew there would be witnesses, and that is because of you.

“If the UK did not throw away the Vienna Conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching.

“So the next time that somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the embassy of Ecuador. Remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and a courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice.”

Earlier Assange’s legal adviser, Baltasar Garzón, said Assange had instructed his lawyers “to carry out a legal action” to protect his rights.

He told media representatives outside the embassy: “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 entered the building seeking asylum on 19 June and has been inside since.

Last week it was announced he had been granted political asylum, prompting a major diplomatic row between Ecuador, Sweden and the British government, which insists it is legally obliged to hand him over.

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has made it clear that Assange will not be allowed safe passage out of the country.

Assange denies the allegations he faces in Sweden and fears being transferred to America if he travels to contest them.

He enraged the US government in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published tranches of secret US diplomatic cables.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/19/julian-assange-us-war-whistleblowers

“I am here today because I cannot be there with you today,” he says in a speech which is directed as much to the assembled crowds of supporters below as anyone else. “But thank you for your resolve, for your generosity of spirit.” “On Wednesday night after a threat was made on this embassy and police descended on this embassy, you came out to watch over it.” Assange said that he could hear police “storming” up through the internal fire escapes of the embassy. He adds: “If the UK did not throw away the terms of the Vienna convention it was because the world was watching and the world was watching because you were watching.” Assange thanks Ecuador, its president and names various other Latin American states that have backed it in recent days. He also addresses the US people and its government, saying to President Obama that the United States must stop its “witchhunt” against wikileaks. “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.” Assange calls for the release of Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source, describing him as one of the world’s foremost political prisoners. He goes on to refer to the jailing in Russia of members the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot. “There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response,” adds Assange. Assange also mentioned his own children “who have been denied their father”, reports the Press Association. He said: “Forgive me, we will be reunited soon.” Here are some more quotes in full: “On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy, the police descended on this building. You came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the world’s eyes with you. “Inside this embassy in the dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up inside the building through its internal fire escape. “But I knew there would be witnesses, and that is because of you. “If the UK did not throw away the Vienna Conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching. “So the next time that somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the embassy of Ecuador. Remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and a courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice.”

• Julian Assange has made his first public appearance since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crimes allegations.

• Speaking from a balcony, the WikiLeaks founder made no reference towards the allegations but used the appearance to call on the US to end what he described as a “witch hunt” against his website.

• He called for the release of Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source, describing him as one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.

• He attempted to draw parallels between himself and the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, three of whose members were convicted and jailed this week for a performance denouncing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.
“There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response,” Assange said.

Reuters focuses on Julian Assange’s remarks about the US, reporting that he used the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy “to berate the United States for threatening freedom of expression”.

Speaking from the balcony of the embassy, where he is staying to avoid arrest by British police who want to extradite him to Sweden, Assange said the United States risked shunting the world into an era of journalistic oppression.

“As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all of our societies,” Assange said, dressed in a maroon tie and blue shirt.

“I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks,” he said in a 10-minute speech which he ended with two thumbs up to the world’s media.

Here is some reaction now to that Assange speech, with some picking up on the absence of a reference to the allegations he faces in Sweden and others applauding his expressions of solidarity with Manning and Pussy Riot

He’s talking about making a stand for justice while trying to dodge rape allegations. A rotten abuse of the asylum system.

“Kremlin stooge” Julian Assange cites punishment of Pussy Riot as example of “oppression” requiring unity to combat is.gd/yfFedo

Great that Assange supports Pussy Riot. Perhaps, he can have them on his TV show. Oh wait….

Yesterday some were criticising Assange for not mentioning Pussy Riot (due to links to RT); today they’re criticising for mentioning them

other reports from embassy:

Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan who is an Assange supporter, is responding to questions about suggestions that British law allowed for police to enter the embassy legally and arrest Assange. “You cannot legislate domestically to opt out of international law,” says Murray, who also claims that there has been much unhappiness among British staff about Foreign Office moves in recent days.” “It also makes us look very very stupid, because not one country has come out in support of Wiliam Hague’s interpretation of internaitonal law.” Baltazar garzon has arrived. Speaking in halting English, he said that Julian Assange has instructed his lawyer to carry out a legal action to protect the rights of Wikileaks.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2012/aug/19/julian-assange-statement-ecuadorean-embassy-live

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2 Responses to Statement from Julian Assange from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London: WikiLeaks founder thanks Latin American nations and condemns ‘US war on whistleblowers’: Assange calls for the release of Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source, describing him as one of the world’s foremost political prisoners. He goes on to refer to the jailing in Russia of members the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot. “There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response!” Former britisch diplomat: “It also makes us look very very stupid, because not one country has come out in support of Wiliam Hague’s interpretation of international law”

  1. Travis Broes says:

    I agree with most but not a big Government a Global Government is the worst way to go, We need three Global organisations ,one resources ,one law & one Sciences. All separate & all to be always kept separate. To deal with International issues only & not in authority over nations internal affairs unless International law is abused. Each nation to adopt a new constitution with the basic international constitution as the foundation & then national interests met from there on. It should be against international law for financial institutions to get involved in the governing bodies of nations. To create a Global Central Government is the most dangerous option of all overiding all national rights of the people who live their & compromising Democracy. By democracy I do not refer to western democracy as it is an imposter. I mean a direct democracy by the people in the form of council of assemblies, local ,State & Federal . The three international organisations would operate in the same way & representatives can not go against the vote of the assembly & do all trade between nations & all remediation of any kind on a big screen in the parliament & at the same time on the internet. All resources be declared owned at the least by the people & not to be owned by business. At best all resources owned collectively by all members of the human race. If anyone tries to meld those three organisations all situated & funded equally on separate international & neutral territories. No secret business deals ,no secret political deals. Human rights for all humans & animal rights to be deliberated when possible. All trade should be goods for goods directly. If currency is to exist which is doubtful the currency would only exist internally & only a set amount be deemed transferable depending on the resource clause. To create a central seat of power is to make a ready made position which over time can be melded into a tyranny of epic proportions ,the UN as a great example of that style of hypocracy. Media should be divided or ungrouped to become separate independent media instead of an almost centrally controlled substitute for real news ,(they make their own news). A tool of tyranny where the huge corporate media rely on a small group of journalists between them who are controlled to report a story in an unrealistic & directed manner ,denying the people the knowledge & awareness to vote on the real issues at hand,but to be lead around by the nose. Instead of free press we have controlled press & corporate controlled Government against the concerns & wishes & beliefs of the people. All things voted on must be veriafiable facts & a systemised approach to that would be implemented. Representatives have power to represent an assembly & if caught deliberately misleading or manipulating the public would face criminal charges & prison.

  2. Travis Broes says:

    I missed something. As I was saying any attempt by forces to amalgamate these bodies would be a clear indicator of a domination of nations & the people.

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