Assange: I'll Stay in Embassy Until U.S. Backs Off

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Assange: I'll Stay in Embassy Until U.S. Backs Off
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Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, said Thursday he won't think about leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London until the United States puts an end to its investigation of WikiLeaks.

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"I think we need the U.S. government to drop its investigation. . .it's an immoral investigation," Assange told CNN. "It breaches the First Amendment. It breaches all the principles that the United States government says that it stands for and it absolutely breaches the principles that the U.S. founding fathers stood for and which most of the U.S. people believe in."

Assange has been holed up inside the embassy since June, fleeing an extradition order to Sweden to answer for allegations of sexual assault. He's been granted asylum by Ecuador, but Britain won't allow him safe passage from the embassy and thus the country.

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The embattled WikiLeaks founder believes the United States, not Sweden, would ultimately prove his destination if extradited. He also said he fears the United States would charge him with crimes in relation to the classified American military and diplomatic documents that WikiLeaks has released over the past several months.

"There's an attempt to extradite me without charge and without evidence, allegedly for the purpose of questioning," Assange said in his interview. "All meanwhile, the FBI has been engaged in building this tremendous case."

Assange, who has not been charged with any crime by any government, also claimed that living in the embassy's tight quarters has been like "living on a space station."

WikiLeaks, meanwhile, began on Thursday publishing what it claims are documents detailing conditions at American military prisons in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It recently angered some supporters by setting up a limited paywall on some content.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange, 40, is an Australian-born political activist and journalist known for his controversial website WikiLeaks, which has published leaked documents that allege government and corporate misconduct. Assange fell into his career path after he was a hacker-activist in his early days. Photo courtesy Wikimedia

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