Video: Julian Assange Tells U.N. "Time for the U.S. to Cease its Persecution of WikiLeaks"

| by Michael Allen

Addressing the United Nations via video (below) from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on the U.S. to stop persecuting WikiLeaks, reports RT.com.

Assange praised President Barack Obama for his speech at the U.N., but said the actions of the U.S. need to change: "We commend and agree with the words that peace can be achieved. But the time for words has run out. It is time for the U.S. to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks, our people and our sources."

Assange also accused the U.S. government of mistreating U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, who is being prosecuted for supplying WikiLeaks with U.S. diplomatic and military cables.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June after losing a U.K. court battle to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange fears that Sweden will extradite him to the U.S. where he would be put on trial.