Julian Assange: Obama a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the reelection of President Barack Obama is no cause for celebration due to the administration’s aggressive pursuit  and persecution of the whistleblower website.

Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is precisely the problem,” the 41-year-old told AFP, speaking from his room in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. It’s better to have a sheep in wolf’s clothing than a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” he said. “All of the activities against WikiLeaks by the United States have occurred under an Obama administration.”

Assange also spoke on the Republicans in Congress, saying it has not been an effective restraining force on government excesses over the last four years.”

There is no reason to believe that will change – in fact, the Republicans will push the administration into ever greater excesses,” he added.

Last month, Ecuador said it had requested a meeting with British officials to discuss claims that Assange was losing weight and suffering vision problems.

Assange claimed asylum in the embassy in June to escape extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations. He denies the charges, and believes that if extradited he would then be sent to the US, which regards him as an enemy of the state, where he could possibly face the death penalty.

In 2010, WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of classified US documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables from US embassies around the world. The Obama administration in turn forced companies to cut off WikiLeaks’ sources of funding.

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