London, Aug 19: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged the United States to ‘end its witch hunt’ against WikiLeaks here on Sunday.
Addressing his supporters at the Ecuadorian embassy here, Assange, in his first public appearance in two months, also called for the release of US soldier Private Bradley Manning who is charged with leaking classified information from Iraq to WikiLeaks. Manning has been in custody since May 2010.
Commenting on the recent jailing of punk rock band Pussy Riot in Russia for criticising Putin, he said, “There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity in the response.”
Assange, who had been fighting extradition from UK to Sweden on rape charges, thanked his supporters and the Ecuadorian government for granting him political asylum.
Assange fears that Sweden would extradite him to the US where he is a wanted man for revealing classified information on the WikiLeaks website. (ANI)