WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange spoke from a balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London yesterday, denouncing the US persecution of himself and WikiLeaks, and exposing moves by the British government to storm the embassy last week as Ecuador had prepared to grant him diplomatic asylum.
In another display of intimidation by the British government, an estimated 200 police lined the streets around the embassy, and occupied the front steps of the building, as Assange addressed hundreds of supporters and media representatives.
Assange said that last Wednesday night he heard police “storming” through the building’s fire escapes, but the presence of his supporters outside had prevented his arrest. “If the UK did not throw away the terms of the Vienna Convention, it was because the world was watching,” he said.
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