Assange enlists Puerto Rican band in political fight

Residente, from the Latin music group Calle 13, left, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo / AP
Residente, from the Latin music group Calle 13, left, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo / AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed on Friday how he is spending some of his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London - working on a song with Puerto Rican band Calle 13.

"We are making an interesting song about the new politics as a result of Internet and media distortion," the Australian told reporters, including AFP, in an interview at the embassy.

"It is the most popular Latin American political group and they come from Puerto Rico, which has had its problems with the US."

The 41-year-old former computer hacker did not give any details of the collaboration, such as whether he will be performing or writing the lyrics.

Assange walked into the embassy on June 19 last year and asked for asylum from Ecuador in a bid to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden for questioning over alleged sex crimes.

He said he fears that if sent to Sweden, he may be transferred to the United States and prosecuted for the release by WikiLeaks of thousands of classified documents.

Ecuador granted him asylum but Britain refuses to give him safe passage out of the country, leaving him stranded at the embassy.

- AFP

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