The founder of the whistle blower site Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been awarded the prestigious gold medal from the Sydney Peace Foundation an Australian organisation affiliated with the University of Sydney.
The gold medal was awarded on the grounds of the pursuit of human rights, in fact, Assange is currently fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden on sex charges, and he was given the award at a ceremony held at the Frontline Club in London.
According to Julian Assange, he said, ‘It does not take the safe, feel-good option of shunning controversy by uttering platitudes.
‘Instead it goes into difficult terrain by identifying organisations and individuals who are directly engaged in struggles of one kind or another.’ he added.
The Sydney Peace Foundation gold medal award has only been awarded on three other occasions in its fourteen year history. The previous award winners are Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama and the Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda.
Source [Daily Mail]