They're supposed to show just how comfortable the West used to be with President Assad - and how the media is currently being manipulated to villify him.
The whistleblower made his comments during a rare interview with a South American TV network - while he's holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange criticized Washington's harassment of Wikileaks - saying speaking the truth should never be considered a crime. He also mentioned how the West is turning into a surveillance mega-state - which he believes makes a mockery of human rights. Assange predicted he would stay for up to a year at the embassy surrounded by British police - until either a diplomatic solution is found, or the case against him is dropped.
For more, RT interviews Paul Wiffen from the United Kingdom Independence Party.