Monday 21 January 2019

Assange thanks Irish TDs for visits

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has spoken of his gratitude at Irish politicians visiting him in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been living since 2012.

"Several Irish politicians have been good enough to visit me here at the embassy and some have shown me public support," Mr Assange said in a radio interview.

Previously, Independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace revealed that they visited him in August 2013.

"Julian Assange and Wikileaks have played a pivotal role in exposing the slaughter of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Ms Daly at the time.

Mr Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy after an arrest warrant was issued for him in Sweden over rape allegations.

He feared that if he travelled to Sweden he would be given over to the American authorities.

He is wanted by the US government under their Espionage Act of 1917, for publishing political and military documents belonging to America.

Speaking to Newstalk's Sean Moncrieff yesterday he said he is confident of leaving the embassy soon.

Asked about his health given that he has not been able to go outside for two years, he said that "it is a difficult situation".

"I find that doing something that makes the world better in some way - or at the very least exposing those who are making it a bad place - extremely satisfying," said Mr Assange.

He also said that Paddy Power has odds of, "100 to one that I leave on a little jet-pack".


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