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Assange says ‘Obama exploiting Arab Spring for political gain’

Washington, Sept 27 (ANI): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused U.S. President Barack Obama of seeking to exploit the Arab uprisings for personal political gain.

Assange’s remarks came while speaking to a gathering of diplomats at the UN general assembly via a satellite videolink from the Ecuador’s embassy in London.

According to the Guardian, the founder of the whistle blowing website claimed that Obama’s vocal support for freedom of expression had not been translated into action.

Assange focused largely on Obama’s address to the UN in which he gave a staunch defence of freedom of speech, and voiced American support for the revolutions in the Arab world.

Assange said that it was ‘audacious’ for the US government, ‘to take credit for the last two years of progress’, given past American support for the ousted Arab dictators.

The paper quoted him, as saying that Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street peddler whose suicide from despair over his life in January last year sparked the revolt, ‘did not set himself on fire so that Barack Obama could get re-elected.’

According to the paper, Assange added that it was ‘disrespect to the dead to claim that the United States supported the forces of change’. (ANI)