Unedited speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddb57cezHGU
Update. higher quality video available here:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has used his first public appearance in two months to call on the US to stop its ‘witch-hunt’ against his whistleblowing website.
Speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, London, he praised the “courage” shown by the country’s president Rafael Correa for granting him asylum.
Mr Assange said he had taken a “stand for justice”, adding: “I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witchhunt against WikiLeaks.”
The 41-year-old has been holed up at the embassy since June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual misconduct – claims he denies.
But he is fearful he may be sent to the US in connection with leaked diplomatic cables that were revealed on his WikiLeaks website.