Assange has spoken, but will anyone listen in the afterglow of Obama’s reelection?
LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday described re-elected President Barack Obama was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and said he expected the US government to keep attacking the anti-secrecy website.
Speaking to AFP by telephone from Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought asylum in June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, Assange said Obama’s victory was no cause for celebration.
“Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is precisely the problem,” the 41-year-old Australian told AFP, after the president defeated Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday night to sweep back into the White House.
“It’s better to have a sheep in wolf’s clothing than a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Assange complained of the “persecution” of WikiLeaks by Obama’s government.
He added: “All of the activities against WikiLeaks by the United States have occurred under an Obama administration.