Julian Assange skipped bail and sought refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy last June in the middle of a legal process to extradite him to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault charges. Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa granted “asylum” on August 16, one day after British authorities delivered a diplomatic note to the Ecuadoran embassy stating that the United Kingdom reserved the right under a 1987 law to take action to enter the embassy to arrest Assange. In his first public statement in two months, Assange spoke to the media yesterday from an embassy balcony to call on President Obama to stop a “witch hunt” against him over Wikileaks disclosures of U.S. government documents and to praise President Correa’s “courage” for granting him political asylum.
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