There has been a media frenzy taking place in Knightsbridge, London, Sunday August, 19. It is happening outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange is holed up. For two months he has remained inside the property knowing that he will be arrested should he step foot outside.
Assange has become something of a thorn in the side of the UK government and officials in the US. Primarily wanted to answer sex allegations in Sweden it is widely believed that once out of the UK America will attempt to extradite him to the USA. His involvement with the Wikileaks cables could lead to him being imprisoned or even facing the death penalty.
The US does not have a good track record in such matters. Young Bradley Manning who was embroiled in Wikileaks was jailed without "due process" where he faced atrocities. Manning opened many people's eyes as to what was going on in countries where the US miltary were active. For that we should be grateful.
Assange announced that at 2pm today he would make an official statement. It is thought that would mean him stepping outside although he may choose to speak from a balcony of the building. When Ecuador agreed to give Assange asylum he agreed not to make political speeches so just what he will say is not clear.
Around 1pm his lawyer spoke to the media outside of the Embassy. Assange has it was revealed asked his lawyer to carry out a legal action to protect his and the wikileak's rights. He has said that he is thankful to the President and people of Ecuador.
More to follow around 2pm.......
2:05pm people were seen getting a balcony ready for Mr Assange. Microphones and cables were set up as the Police held the media back.
2:15pm Whether it be for dramatic effect or just simply one those days, Mr Assange has yet to appear
2:20 Julian came out onto the Balcony. His speech included thanks to the crowd, The Ecuadorian Embassy staff, the people and their President. Mr Assange talked of the night during the week when British police prepared to storm the embassy. He thanked those who have kept a vigil outside for preventing action.
Julian went on to thank the staff of Wikileaks, his family and his children, who he promised he would be with soon. The freedoms that Wikileaks aim to protect and the threat of the US government were voiced. Julian asked President Obama to stop its witch-hunt against wikileaks and abandon the FBI investigation. He went on to state that the US administration's war on whistle-blowers must end.
Finally he spoke of Bradley Manning. The Private who has been jailed for two years without trial. He said he must be released but this is bound to fall on deaf ears. He reminded the crowd that Bradley has spent more than the legal amount of days in jail without a trial.
Yet of course the US is the first to preach to other countries. He thanked the crowd, gave a thumbs up and paused for photographs before going back inside.