Assange thanks Ecuador for 'courage' in granting him asylum

August 19, 2012 16:48

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange thanked Ecuador on Sunday for its "courageous" decision to grant him asylum, as he delivered a speech from a balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy where he holed up to avoid arrest by police deployed in force outside.

Ecuador has granted political asylum to the former computer hacker who incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic and military cables in 2010.

During his speech, Assange called on US President Barack Obama "to do the right thing," and end the "witch hunt." 

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