WikiLeaks' Assange slams Obama 'betrayal'
June 22nd, 2013
11:05 AM ET
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WikiLeaks' Assange slams Obama 'betrayal'

London (CNN) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged the world Saturday to "stand with" Edward Snowden, the man who admitted leaking top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, according to the text of a speech posted on Twitter.

As he appealed for a "brave country" to step forward and offer Snowden asylum, Assange also accused U.S. President Barack Obama of betraying a generation of "young, technically minded people."


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Jinx9to88

    Assange, your five minutes of fame is up!! Run off at the mouth then run to a another country then run your mouth some more in another country. If you dont like the job your doing dont do it, I am pretty sure somebody else would have taken your seat and your paycheck. Also I am pretty sure when people get hired at these jobs they have to sign a confidentiality form.

    June 22, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is betraying everyone in America........including those who voted for him.

    June 22, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. PJ

    Right, right. Like we care what this coward, hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy, has to say. Come out of the
    dark and face your accusers instead of cowering in a corner blathering nonsense!
    Speaking for myself, I don't like traitors and Snowden is no hero, and you aren't either.

    June 22, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Jules

    This administration is doing exactly what the law says they should do and what the majority of Americans think they should do, including this Democrat. Snowden must be prosecuted. What cares what Assange thinks.

    June 22, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. just sayin

    it's so nice to see the far leftists turning on the nearly far leftists in a feeding frenzy! their vicious hate filled attacks are usually reserved for the conservatives. but it appears they will circle the wagons to protect obama at all costs because whatever happens, he can never be called out to be the duplicitous politician he is, especially be his own former supporters.

    June 22, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The problem with Julian is he was behind th door when the brains were passed out. Golley, where have I heard that before?

    June 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    This guy leaked on Swiss accts, talking like a drunkard??? Idiot.

    June 22, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. smith

    Funny to see this...During the Bush years the libs loved these types of people.

    June 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Rick – just when I think you couldn't be more wrong, you become even more wrong. The enemies of are country must be proud of you.

    June 22, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Stuffit

    It looks like other people are finally catching on that we have the most incompetent, inept, corrupt president in our history. Spending $100 million on a joy ride for he and his family to tour Africa, while our 401K's go in to the tank. He spent trillions on "stimulus" and TARP which amounted to giving free stuff to the drug addicts, welfare frauds, people who contributed to his "campaign" and of course the corrupt union bosses that stole the election for him.

    June 22, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Ron L

    HA, HA, HA, he's got to be joking!! Snowden BROKE the LAW...society is structured based on laws. He has to experience the results of those actions. What he did was actually somewhat reckless and whether many of you want to believe it or not endangers American security. Am I thrilled about the practice of gathering all this data...NO...was it new news....NOT REALLY!! To many Americans don't pay attention to the REAL NEWS...they are too preoccupied with sports, and celebrities. The Patriot Act basically informed us this type of surveillance and data gathering was going to be necessary to stop (when we are lucky) terrorist. He is a 29 year old who is somewhat full of himself and now he will have to pay for his actions either through jail time or live in the shadows for the rest of his life. I hope the U.S. government, never lets up on attempting to capture him and bring him back to the states...As you can see I have no sympathy for him.

    June 22, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Ron L does it feel to hate someone with such intensity???

    June 22, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Borderless

    I don't agree with everything Assange has done, but I do appreciate his sincerity. I do think Assange was acting with a moral compass. I do not believe the same can be said for Snowden. Seeking assylum in China took away any respect I had for him. I wish Assange would recognize that Snowden is just shifting his allegiance from one snooping government to another.

    June 22, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. ST

    Assange must shout his hell up. He has nothing to do with the well being of American people. Like Snowden they have both loose mouth which can result in a lot of people losing their lives. You Cowardliness, who have no moral integrity, should find your life somewhere ( I do not know where?) and let people live in a planet where claiming lives in whatever means is totally unacceptable. You (Julian Assange and this American coward – Snowden), can find a place to live, though there isn't any at moment and leave rest of us live in Peace. You are regarded as people who do not belong to us, though you are trying to force it. Can you please go away as you have decided to go against normal living people!

    June 22, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. U.S. Citizen

    The governing elite don't like it when subordinates challenge their authority. It makes them look authoritarian.

    June 22, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Stupid – to say President's betrayal, when I was told of surveillance in 1988 when he was not then President

    June 22, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. ghost

    He is traitor and should be prosecuted and executed. Run and hide while you can. However, in he end you will face the music. Makes me think that the only reason people like you take a job like that is so you can do exactly what he did. There is really no place to hide forever. Rn while you can, TRAITOR......

    June 22, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. mindy rodriguez

    boycott lifetime's new show "devious maids." its producer and actor, eva longoria, worked to get obama reelected and the rest of the country is suffering as a result of his reelection

    June 22, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Say whatever you want, but this kind of unAmerican behavior would never happen under a white president. assange is a racist, pure and simple and did this only because he wanted to hurt THIS president and his administration. Both snowden and assange are criminals who should be prosecuted, destroyed and forgotten about and anyone who portrays them as anything other than what they truly are, should go move to another country.

    Go President Obama!

    June 22, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. elucidated1

    For all of the good Assange did exposing not just government improprieties, but ilegal business dealings, he's also at major risk right now, so he might need a tiny asterisk next to his opinion.

    June 22, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. cj

    Obama is doing fine,looks like folks would tire of the bashing him..Assange needs to stay in hiding and stay quite...Snowden is a criminal so his Assange.

    June 22, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Norma Vessels

    Mr. Assange is as much a traitor as the rest of them, who think they can leak classified information any time they want to, and not pay the price. What makes them think they, themselves, can play spy, then release what they found to the public ... when we have no business knowing those things in the first place, putting our people in those countries in danger that way. We all cry to the Government to keep us safe, to watch over us .. then we turn around and say, no, no, don't be watching me.

    June 22, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Mike Texoma

    After 9/11 there was a headlong rush to tighten national security, trying to avoid another one of those horrendous acts. Along came the Patriot Act, as part of that effort. And it was debated, and it was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. Some of the surveilence provisions were set to "sunset", and the Congress had to vote again to keep it in force. Congress approved it again. The President and NSA are doing exactly what Congress has authorized on two occasions. And apparently it has worked as intended. All of this hysteria and Obama bashing over surveilence of foreign phone activity is just nutty. Debate – yes. Close watch – yes. Hysteria – good grief. And by the way, President Obama has made the effort to staff the watchdog agency on more than one occasion, but the opposition will not confirm his appointees so it goes headless. No hysteria there, just business as usual.

    June 22, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    personally i don't like to be sped on by a government anxious to make an example out of you or get even to protect their power and influence using their "laws" to justify everything.
    snowden and assange are one of us working against, them.

    June 23, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  25. Anthony... proud tax payer

    The government you say is working against us, is the same one you also expect to protect us.
    Yet you praise a guy who exposes sensitive classified information which potentially jeopardizes your safety
    and you call him a hero?

    June 23, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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