The Front de Gauche political party welcomed Assange to his first political appearance in France by phone from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been for the past two months.
“France has been a very important country for WikiLeaks. A part of its press has been by our side,” he said.
Assange was unable to finish his speech due to the phone line cutting off, apparently a result of power failure in the embassy.
The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister tweeted on August 22 that he had received a phone call from Melenchon on the subject of Assange’s political safety.
Melenchon reportedly asked “that the left government in France puts pressure on the left government in Ecuador so that Julian Assange can have political asylum there.”
“We say to the British government: you liberated Pinochet, you let him go. So you can very well let Julian Assange go!”