Julian Assange Addresses United Nations General Assembly (Video)
Under the protection of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (having been granted political asylum by Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino) , WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed the UN General Assembly today, calling on the United States to lift their persecution of WikiLeaks, and those responsible for its compilation and dissemination.
find outAssange specifically mentioned Bradley Manning, the US private accused of supplying WikiLeaks with source material including hundreds of sensitive diplomatic and military cables. Assange claims that the US is holding Manning without charge and badly mistreating him.
Further, Julian Assange criticized President Barack Obama’s involvement in the Arab Spring, calling Obama’s claims to be supportive of Middle Eastern change “audacious”. He adds that it is “disrespectful of the dead” to claim that the US has supported forces of change. In some of his most biting commentary, Assange stated, “It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American teargas out of their eyes to hear that the U.S. supported change in the Middle East.”
See Julian Assange’s full UN address below and share your thoughts. Did you know that the United States government has declared Assange and WikiLeaks to be “Enemies of the State”, putting them on par with the Taliban and Al Qaeda? Do you think this is fair? Why or why not? I’d love to see a thoughtful exchange in the comment section. Given recent developments with the NDAA etc, should we be concerned with the treatment of Assange and the charges leveled against him, or has he truly committed crimes worthy of such a label as “enemy of the state”? Please watch the following video and tell me what you think.
A full transcript of the Assange address can be read environmental problems and solutions essay.