While in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian who was based in Sweden, was granted political asylum by Ecuador. According to the BBC, Assange has been living inside the South American’s country’s Embassy since June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for sexual assault charges.
The situation has caused tension among Sweden, Ecuador and England. Before attempting to depart for his new home country — which British Foreign Secretary William Hague has reportedly said that Assange will not be free to do — the embattled Assange delivered a statement on Sunday, centering around America’s pursuit of his organization.
Mr Assange said: “As Wikileaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. “We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America.
“Will it return to and re-affirm the revolutionary values it was founded on?
“Or will it lurch off the precipice, dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?”
Read more at the BBC.