PRESS RELEASE: Julian Assange statement
Thursday August 16, 2012
Assange has hailed the "courageous" act of Ecuador and compared it with the reluctance of Britain and Australia to help him.
In a statement made earlier at the embassy this afternoon, he thanked the staff and went on to pay tribute to Bradley Manning.
"I am grateful to the Ecuadorean people, President Rafael Correa and his government. It was not Britain or my home country, Australia, that stood up to protect me from persecution, but a courageous, independent Latin American nation.
While today is a historic victory, our struggles have just begun. The unprecedented US investigation against WikiLeaks must be stopped.
While today much of the focus will be on the decision of the Ecuadorean government, it is just as important that we remember Bradley Manning has been detained without trial for over 800 days.
The task of protecting WikiLeaks, its staff, its supporters and its alleged sources continues. "