Assange Addresses UN Diplomats

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Julian Assange spoke to a panel of delegates at the United Nations General Assembly via video Wednesday, criticizing the United States for involvement in the Arab Spring uprisings, and demanding  an end to WikiLeaks prosecution. “It is time for the U.S. to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks, our people, and our sources,” he said. The WikiLeaks founder remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum and fears extradition to Sweden or the United States. The British Foreign Office has vowed to arrest Assange once he leaves embassy grounds. Ecuador’s foreign minister pushed for England to oblige his decision, saying, “Every country must respect the right of the country granting asylum and the person who was granted it.”