WIKILEAKS PRESS CONFERENCE06/24/1310:00 am ETPage 3actually no legal basis for it. He’s not a fugitive in any sense of the word.As I said, there’s no arrest warrant. A third point, which I just willreiterate, is that asylum trumps extradition, and a fourth point is that whatwe should be discussing
unlike what seems to be the attention primarilyright now, is that where is Ed Snowden? What country is he going to?
isthe massive surveillance system that is being carried out by the UnitedStates, the UK, and perhaps other countries all over the world, and theviolation of rights of people all over the world, the narrow rights or therights of – first, they’re hacking into everybody’s computers all over theworld and the internet, etcetera, all over the world. There are violations ofthat, violations of all of our rights to privacy, violations in my view on thismassive scale of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the UnitedStates, violations of all kinds of statutes. So we’re seeing a discussion
rather than of the violations of law of the massive invasion of all of ourprivacy
what we’re seeing is looking at the person who is thewhistleblower rather than really discussing what we should be discussing
a massive worldwide surveillance system. So thank you. I just wanted tomake sure you understand that there’s a significant and important legalbasis for Ed Snowden’s application for asylum.
Thanks very much, Michael. With that, we’ll turn it over to JulianAssange. Julian?
Thank you. Edward Snowden left Hong Kong on the 23
of June, boundfor Ecuador via a safe path through Russia and other states. Mr. Snowdenhas submitted an asylum application to Ecuador and possibly to othercountries. The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Patino has said that theasylum application is being carefully considered. Mr. Snowden requestedthat WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety.The current status of Mr. Snowden and Ms. Harrison
both are healthyand safe. Both are healthy and safe and they are in contact with their legal