Julian Assange: Stop the 'Witch Hunt'

The bold message for the U.S from the man at the center of the Wikileaks scandal.
3:00 | 08/19/12

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A bold message for the u.S. From the man expose aid trove of american military and diplomatic secrets releasing thousands and thousand of classified documents online. hiding appears on balcony of a foreign embassy. What did he say? Abc's lama hasan is in london tonight. Reporter: Breaking his silence for the first time in two months. I'm here with you today because I cannot be there with you today. Reporter: Julian assange spoke from the balcony of the ecuadorian embassy where he sought refuge from extradition on sexual assault charges in sweden. Thank you for your resolve, your generosity of spirit. Reporter: In a ten-minute speech he thanked ecuador's president for granting him political asylum and launched into a diatribe of the united states. I ask president obama to do the right thing. The united states must renounce its witch-hunt against wikileaks. Reporter: And then a message about bradley manning, the u.S. Soldier accused of leaking classified documents to assange's organization. If bradley manning did as he is accused, he is a hero. Reporter: Assange made no mention of the sex crimes allegation, something he's always denied. Even though he has diplomatic immunity in the embassy british authorities say they'll arrest him if he tries to leave. As one official put it, i assange can hide but he can't run.

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