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Briefly: Assange makes appearance at Ecuadorean Embassy
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LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on President Obama to end a so-called “witch hunt” against his secret-spilling website, appearing in public Sunday for the first time since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes allegations.
The 41-year-old Australian, who has fought for two years against efforts to send him to Sweden for questioning over accusations of sexual misconduct against two women there, addressed a crowd of more than 200 supporters, reporters and dozens of British police, as he spoke from the balcony of Ecuador's mission.
Mr. Assange and his supporters claim the Swedish case is merely the opening gambit in a Washington-orchestrated plot to make him stand trial in the U.S. over his work with WikiLeaks — something disputed by both Swedish authorities and the women involved.
A Virginia grand jury is studying evidence that might link Assange to Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been charged with aiding the enemy by passing the secret files to WikiLeaks and is awaiting trial. No action against Mr. Assange has been taken.
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Benedict praised the goodwill efforts by Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Jozef Michalik, who met in a ceremony in Warsaw on Friday.
The pope, speaking to Polish pilgrims at his summer residence near Rome on Sunday, said both sides declared their desire to work together to spread evangelical values.
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