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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defended Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks.org website that published more than 250,000 of U.S. diplomatic cables sent to or from embassies around the world.
Lula, a former union leader, said Assange did less harm than the classified documents’ authors, and offered his “solidarity” with the jailed Australian national.
“I’m surprised they arrested the man and I didn’t see any protest,” Lula said at an event today in Brasilia. “The guy was just posting what he read.”
“Não há dúvida de que há uma perseguição.... E eu sou a favor da total liberdade de informação. Se alguém feriu a lei de segurança lá dos Estados Unidos, é um problema dos Estados Unidos interno. Agora, a divulgação não pode ser cerceada.
"There's no doubt there is persecution... And I'm in total favor of freedom of information. If someone broke security law in the US, it is an internal problem of the US. Now, release of information can not be hamstrung."