(DAILYMAIL) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made his first public appearance for two months today to demand the American government’s ‘war on whistleblowers’ must end.

He also said he had taken a ‘stand for justice’ and praised the ‘courageous South American nation’ of Ecuador as he spoke from the balcony of its embassy in central London.

The 41-year-old was granted asylum by Ecuador on Thursday as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.

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