Julian Assange attacks Barack Obama over freedom of speech

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking via a video feed from the Ecuadorian Embassy arrest in London, lashed out at Barack Obama for supporting freedom of speech in the Middle East while simultaneously "persecuting" his organization for leaking diplomatic cables.

Assange mocked Obama for defending free speech in the Arab world in an address to the United Nations on Tuesday, pointing to his own experience as evidence that Obama has "done more to criminalize free speech than any other U.S. president."

It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American teargas out of their eyes (during the Arab Spring) to hear that the U.S. supported change in the Middle East," Assange said.

It's time for President Obama to keep his word ... and for the U.S. to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks,

– Julian Assange

Assange's combative comments, plus statements made by Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and his other allies at the event, suggested no solution is in sight to the diplomatic standoff surrounding the 41 year old Australian.

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