UPDATE – 8:00 PM EST: Assange’s address concluded. I’ll have a post on his address soon.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will address the United Nations on the status of his asylum case within the hour via satellite from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Baher Azmy, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents Assange and WikiLeaks in the United States, are giving a presentation as well.
I appeared on RT America to discuss what Assange might hope to gain from addressing UN members. I said he hopes to recruit more support from the international community to pressure the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States to allow him to have safe passage to Ecuador. (NOTE: He isn’t addressing the General Assembly as the host suggested in the segment. He is addressing UN members in a room at the UN, who are in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting.)
Assange has been in the Ecuador embassy in London for one hundred days now. There are no signs that he will be able to leave the embassy without arrest anytime soon.
Feed for Assange’s address to the UN can be watched here. He is scheduled to speak some time between 7:00 pm EST and 8:30 PM EST. Patino began speaking just after 6:30 PM EST.