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Assange reminds the UN that it is because of provisions in its Universal Declaration on Human Rights that WikiLeaks is able to function and that he is able to seek asylum on grounds of political persecution.
He talks about Bradley Manning and his treatment, saying "As of today Bradley Manning has been detained without trial for 856 days. The legal maximum in the US military is 120 days.”
ON FREE SPEECH AND THE PERSECUTION OF WIKILEAKS:
“The US administration has been trying to erect a regime of secrecy, a national regime of obfuscation. A regime where any government employee revealing sensitive organization to a media organization can be sentenced to death, life imprisonment, or espionage. And journalists from the media organization with them.
"We should not underestimate the scale of the investigation which has happened into WikiLeaks. ...the assault on WL... has produced an investigation that Australian diplomats say is without precedence in its scale and nature. That the US government called a “whole of government” investigation.
“It is (Obama’s) administration that boasts, on his campaign website, of criminalizing more speech than all previous presidents combined.”
ON THE AUDACITY OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:
“I am reminded of the phrase ‘the audacity of hope.’ Who can say that the president of the United States is not audacious? Was it not audacity for the United States government to take credit for the last two years of progress? Was it not audacious for him to say on Tuesday the United States supported the forces of change in the Arab Spring.
"Tunisian history did not begin in December 2010, and Mohamed Bouazizi did not set himself on fire so Barack Obama could be re-elected. His death was an emblem of the despair he had to endure under the Ben Ali regime. The world knew after reading WikiLeaks publications that [former Tunisian President] Ben Ali and his government had for long years enjoyed the indifference, if not the support, of the United States, in full knowledge of its excesses and its crimes. So it must come as a surprise to the Tunisians that the U.S. supported the forces of change in their country, and it must come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American tear gas out of their eyes, that the U.S. administration supported change in Egypt.
"It must come as a surprise to those who heard Hillary Clinton insist that Mubarak’s regime was stable, and when it was clear to everyone that it was not, it must come as a surprise that the U.S. backed its hated intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who we proved the U.S. knew was a torturer, to take the realm.
"It must come as a surprise to all those Egyptians who heard Vice President Joseph Biden declare that Hosni Mubarak was a democrat and that Julian Assange was a high-tech terrorist.
"It is disrespectful to the dead and to the incarcerated of the Bahrain uprising to claim that the United States supported the forces for change. That is, indeed, audacity.
"Who can say that it is not audacious that the president, concerned to appear to look leaderly, looks back on this change, the people’s change, and tries to call it his own? But we can take heart here too. Because it means that the White House has seen that this progress is inevitable. In this season of progress, the president has seen which way the wind is blowing, and he must now pretend that it’s his administration who made it blow...
"We must be clear here: The United States is not the enemy. It’s government is not uniform. In some cases, good people in the United States supported the forces of change. And perhaps Barack Obama, personally, was one of them. But in others, and en masse, early on it actively opposed them. This is a matter of historical record. And it is not fair and it is not appropriate for the president to distort that record for political gain, or for the sake of uttering fine words. Credit should be given where it is due, but it should be withheld from where it is not."
"There are times for words and there are times for actions. The time for words has run out. It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks, to cease its persecution of our people, and to cease its persecution of our alleged sources. It is time for President Obama to do the right thing and join the forces of change. Not in fine words, but in fine deeds."