Assange Labels Obama 'a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'
November 08, 2012 "Herald
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has described re-elected
President Barack Obama as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and says
he expects the US government to keep attacking the anti-secrecy
Speaking by phone from Ecuador's London embassy, where he sought
asylum in June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex
crime allegations, Assange said today that Obama's victory was
no cause for celebration.
"Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is precisely the
problem," the 41-year-old Australian said, after the president
defeated Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday night to sweep back
into the White House.
"It's better to have a sheep in wolf's clothing than a wolf in
Assange complained of the "persecution" of WikiLeaks by Obama's
He added: "All of the activities against WikiLeaks by the United
States have occurred under an Obama administration.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has faced a worldwide backlash
over the release of secret US diplomatic cables.
"The Republican party has not been an effective restraining
force on government excesses over the last four years.
"There is no reason to believe that will change - in fact, the
Republicans will push the administration into ever greater
Assange urged the United States to free Bradley Manning, the
soldier accused of leaking a huge cache of classified military
documents to WikiLeaks and has been held in solitary confinement
in a military prison for over two years.
"The re-election of Barack Obama coincides with the 899th day of
Manning's confinement," Assange said.
WikiLeaks enraged Washington in 2010 by leaking hundreds of
thousands of classified US documents on the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan and embarrassing diplomatic cables from US embassies
around the world. Assange was arrested that same year.
He denies the allegations of rape and sexual assault and claims
that if he is extradited to Sweden he could be passed on to the
US and prosecuted, facing treatment similar to Manning's or even
the death sentence.
Ecuador granted Assange asylum on August 16 but Britain has
refused to grant him safe passage out of the country - leaving
the two governments in diplomatic deadlock and Assange stuck
inside the embassy.
He faces immediate arrest if he attempts to leave the building
in London's plush Knightsbridge district.
Assange said there had been "no formal progress" in recent weeks
on a diplomatic solution to his confinement in the embassy, but
said WikiLeaks' strategy on ending the stalemate was "moving
from defence to offence".
Asked what this involved, he said: "It will become clear in the
Assange, who sounded hoarse, refused to comment on his health
after Ecuador said last month it had requested a meeting with
British officials to discuss claims Assange was losing weight
and suffering vision problems.
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