Speaking from Ecuador’s mission in London, where he has been holed up for two months, Julian Assange today (according to this AP report on WaPo’s website) “urged the U.S. to release Manning, but said: ‘If Bradley Manning really did as he is accused, he is a hero, an example to us all, and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.'”

Ecuador’s president granted Assange asylum on Thursday.  British authorities say that if he leaves the embassy, he will be detained and sent to Sweden pursuant to a European arrest warrant.

5 Responses to “Julian Assange calls for PFC Bradley Manning’s release”

  1. Phil Cave says:

    The British government has also raised an issue that they can remove diplomatic protections and invade the place, based on an amendment to various treaties and agreements.  VERY bad policy.  And I believe  Kevin Heller is banging his head on the desk, even now.

  2. WWJD says:

    Amazing.  You have a country like Ecuador which is known for their supression of Free Speech protecting this man who is held up as a hero by the left.  A hero who tried to blackmail his freedom by threatning to release more classified documents.  Not to mention his alleged sexual assult, which is now being reduced as “sex without a condum” to his followers.  To quote a line from a popular movie, “Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.

  3. soonergrunt says:

    Not everyone on “the left” thinks Assange is a hero.  Some of us see him as an opportunist who has made himself a tidy sum of money doing damage primarily to western and specifically American interests, and who is using his notoriety to hide from the authorities in a third country.
    The fact that you have people who authorized and excused torture and illegal renditions running around free in this country tends to make it hard to convince people who think such things are bad that Assange isn’t a hero for (as they wrongly see it) standing up against that and for more transparency.  That he may actually have had principles regarding other peoples’ secrets AND be a rapist seems to escape them.
    I don’t think the British government should violate the embassy’s legal status, but I also don’t think they should let Assange leave the country.

  4. stewie says:

    I’m fairly left as well. I don’t see him as a hero. Now, not sure he’s necessarily a villain either. There’s some gray there (or grey).  Still, Sweden isn’t some right wing dictatorship, so the fact that they want to ask him questions concerning a possible rape seems to me to be something that is at least facially legit, so don’t support him being given amnesty to not answer for that.

    I agree Britain shouldn’t rescind the embassy’s status because that just opens up a nasty can of worms.

  5. Bill C says:

    I am pretty sure that now that Assange has called for Manning’s release that the trial will stop, and the Army will dismiss all charges and lilkely promote him.