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LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on US President Barack Obama to stop its "witchhunt" against his whistleblowing website, as he gave a speech from Ecuador's embassy in London on Sunday.
"I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witchhunt against WikiLeaks," said Assange, making his first public statement since he was granted political asylum by Ecuador.
At the same time, Assange praised the "courage" shown by the South American nation's president for granting him asylum.
"I thank President (Rafael) Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and in granting me political asylum," Assange told the world's media gathered outside the embassy, as he also thanked all of his supporters.