Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, recently spoke to the UN general assembly remotely from London and he had some very interesting things to say, here are some excerpts and the full speech is in the video below.
Julian Assange message to UN:
For all Barack Obama’s fine words yesterday, and there were many of them, fine words. It is his administration that boasts on his campaign website of criminalizing more speech than all previous presidents combined.
I’m reminded of the phrase, “the audacity of hope,” who can say that the President of the United States is not audacious? Was it not audacity for the United States government to take credit for the last two years of progress?
Was it not audacious for him to say, on Tuesday, the United States supported the forces of change in the Arab Spring? Tunisian history did not begin in December, 2010 and Mohamed Bouazizi did not set himself on fire so Barack Obama could be re-elected. His death was an emblem of the despair he had to endure under the Ben Ali regime. The world knew, after reading Wikileaks publications, that Ben Ali and its government had for long years enjoyed the indifference, if not the support of the United States, in full knowledge of its excesses and its crimes. So it must come as a surprise to Tunisians that the United States supported the forces of change in their country. And it must come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American tear gas out of their eyes that the U.S. administration supported change in Egypt. It must come as a surprise to those who heard Hillary Clinton insist that Mubarak’s regime was stable and when it was clear to everyone that it was not it must come as a surprise that the U.S. backed its hated intelligence chief, Omar Suleman, who we proved the U.S. knew was a torturer to take the realm.
It must come as a surprise to all those Egyptians who heard Vice President Joseph Biden declare that Hosni Mubarak was a democrat and that Julian Assange was a high-tech terrorist.
It is disrespectful to the dead and to the incarcerated of Bahrain’s uprising to claim that the United States supported the forces of change, that is indeed audacity. Who can say that it is not audacious for the president to look back on this change, the people’s change, and tries to call it his own.
Julian Assange also addressed his political asylum from Ecuador and spoke much on the Bradley Manning situation.
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