"Julian Assange is a courageous shiner of light into the dark places from which the powers that be would dearly like to have us turn away. Julian Assange is a name to be carved with pride into any monument to human progress. Julian is why we are here today, but this is no parochial project. We are today as part of a global movement that may be the beginning of the global enlightenment that this fragile planet so desperately needs.
"And when the lackeys of the American Empire come to take him, to destroy him, and hang him in the hedge, as a warning to frighten future journalists, we will look them in the eye and steadfast, with one voice, we will intone:
"Over our dead bodies!"