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Assange to Obama: Stop the witch-hunt

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LONDON : WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end the US "witch-hunt" against his whistleblowing website, in a speech Sunday from the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy. 

"I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks," said Assange, making his first public statement since being granted political asylum by Ecuador on Thursday.

Assange praised the "courage" shown by the Latin American nation's President Rafael Correa in giving him asylum, a move which has angered Britain which has said it will continue to seek his extradition to Sweden.

Mr Assange addressed media from a second-floor balcony of the Ecuador embassy, safe from police waiting to arrest him. (Reuters photo)

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