Julian Assange with Noam Chomsky

Rare appearance: Julian Assange with Noam Chomsky on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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Assange and Chomsky Appear Arm-In-Arm at Ecuadorian Embassy

Scholar and prominent activist pays visit despite heavy police presence

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London arm-in-arm with American scholar and activist Noam Chomsky on Tuesday.

Assange has remained at the Embassy since 2012, when he was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government. UK authorities have denied Assange passage to Ecuador and the embassy building has been guarded 24 hours a day by London police.


Assange claims if he is sent to Sweden, he would face a serious risk of extradition to the United States, where he fears he would face charges in relation to the disclosure of classified government documents.

Chomsky, a world reknowned linguist and analyst of global affairs, has previously expressed support for Assange.

"Someone who courageously carries out actions in defense of democratic rights deserves applause, not hysterical denunciation and punishment," Chomsky once stated regarding Assange.

Wikileaks tweeted on Tuesday:

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