“The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful!

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has spoken from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up for two months in a bid to claim political asylum.

“I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch hunt against Wikileaks. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful,” said the 41-year-old.

The former hacker is wanted in Sweden in connection with allegations of rape and sexual assault, which he denies. He’s been locked in a legal battle to avoid extradition to Stockholm.

Assange claims he is really wanted by US authorities over his website’s leak of hundreds of thousands of sensitive US diplomatic cables.

Assange’s request for political asylum has caused a diplomatic tussle between Ecuador’s President and London which has threatened to close the embassy if Assange does not give himself up.

His asylum application was approved by Ecuador on Thursday.

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Days after his asylum request was accepted by Ecuador, Julian Assange still needs to escape extradition to Sweden.

But the Wikileaks founder claims his real enemy is the US. According to his supporters, his problems really began in 2010, when his website leaked
hundreds of thousands of secret US documents.

Washington and its allies were incensed.

Months later, Assange was arrested in Britain after a worldwide arrest warrant was issued by Sweden.
He was wanted in Stockholm for questioning over rape allegations.

The 41-year old was held in custody at a British jail for 10 days before being released on bail while the Swedish extradition request was considered.

Assange has maintained that he would eventually be sent to the US although Washington has distanced itself from his case.

In November last year, Britain’s High Court upheld Assange’s extradition ruling. An appeal was later rejected by the Supreme Court, which ruled that he must be tried in Sweden.

In June this year, Assange requested political asylum in Ecuador after seeking refuge at their embassy in London. It was granted on Thursday.

But the issue of how to get from the embassy building to the South American country without stepping foot on British soil remains.

 

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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