WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on the US government to end the prosecution of the staff and supporters of his organization.
In a short speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London today on August 19, he urged the drop of “the US war on whistleblowers”.
"There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organisation, be it Wikileaks or the New York Times," he added.
Furthermore, Assange thanked Ecuador and other Latin American countries, which have backed him in recent days.
Many supporters of Assange and members of the world’s media gathered outside the building to listen to his first public speech since he took refuge inside the South American country’s building two months ago.
Before Assange’s statement, his lawyer Baltasar Garzon said the WikiLeaks founder “has always fought for the truth and justice and has defended the human right and continues to do so.”
There are fears that UK’s vow to extradite Assange to Sweden for questioning regarding allegations of sexual assault is a cover for sending him to the US, where he is wanted over the WikiLeaks revelation of the US diplomatic cables.