The American government wants to burn Julian Assange at the stake.

At least, that's the impression the WikiLeaks founder has. After two months in hiding, Assange made an appearance at the Ecuadorean embassy to demand that President Obama to "do the right thing."

I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks.

Presumably Assange was referring to the investigation into his sexual misconduct, which he has previously referred to as a "political witch hunt."

Assange has been accused of rape and molestation. The UK Supreme Court ruled that he should be extradited to Sweden to face trial for questioning, which is why Assange is currently seeking political asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy. (CORRECTION: Assange is not currently facing a trial.)

In his brief appearance, Assange also called for the release of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with aiding the enemy by leaking confidential files to WikiLeaks.

If Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and one of the world's foremost political prisoners.

Manning has been held since May of 2010.

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