Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made his second balcony appearance since he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in June. He entered the building to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault. A large number of supporters and media from all over the world gathered to hear him speak:
“Six months ago… I entered this building – it has become my home, my office and my refuge.
I have been sustained by your solidarity and I’m grateful for the efforts of people all around the world supporting the work of Wikileaks, supporting freedom of speech, freedom of the press, essential elements in any democracy.”
The British Foreign Office says the country has a legal obligation to extradite Assange and he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy. The Wikileaks founder fears that if he was sent to Sweden, he would ultimately end up in the United States, which is furious that he has leaked hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military information.