Julian Assange Joins Protesters as Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

The Occupy Wall Street protests have gone global today, reaching from Canada to Asia to Europe. People are denouncing centralized wealth in Hong Kong, marching under the banner of “Indignants” in Spain, asking for an end to nuclear power in Tokyo, rioting in Rome, and bringing a host of other concerns to the forefront of many cities with thousand of stories and images trickling out. The questions of what this means and what it will lead to are huge and overwhelming so instead, we bring news of a highly recognizable name in attendance.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, out on bail and fighting extradition to Sweden, showed up to Occupy London Stock Exchange and addressed the crowd at St. Paul’s Cathedral where, according to reports, he discussed crimes at Guantanamo Bay and money laundering in the Caymen Islands and in London.

“This movement is not about the destruction of law, it is about the construction of law,” Assange said. “I just wanted to say, we are all individuals.”

Assange didn’t stay long, presumably exiting after his speech to make it home for his 10pm curfew. Here’s hoping he joins Kanye West on a future track rapping about the experience.

UPDATE: Here’s video of part of his speech from Mediaite:

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