WikiLeaks’ Assange to issue ‘live statement’

Julian Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuaodr after its ministers agreed he was facing persecution.

Updated: Aug 17, 2012, 15:54 PM IST

London: Whistle blowing website WikiLeaks has announced that its founder Julian Assange will give a live statement in front of Ecuador`s embassy in London on Sunday.

Assange was granted political asylum by the Latin Americans after its ministers agreed he was facing persecution and the possible death penalty in America.

He, however, remains holed up in the embassy in Knightsbridge, surrounded by police who want to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions.

Assange could be arrested by the UK authorities if it is deemed that he has stepped outside the building’s diplomatically protected zone, the Telegraph reports.

Ecuador claimed Britain had threatened to “storm” the building, which would have “significant implications” for countries around the world.

In a separate statement, WikiLeaks condemned the “menacing show of force” by police and said any transgression against the “sanctity” of the embassy would be a “shameful act”.

“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,” Assange said in a statement.

“While today is a historic victory, our struggles have just begun. The unprecedented US investigation against WikiLeaks must be stopped,” he added.