Assange says victorious Obama 'wolf in sheep's clothing'
LONDON (AFP) - 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." Mr 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. "The Republican party has not been an effective restraining force on government excesses over the last four years. There is no reason to believe that will change - in fact, the Republicans will push the administration into ever greater excesses."