Bush bails on Denver visit, citing Assange’s invitation as cause

Feb. 28, 2011

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Former President George W. Bush reneged on his attendance of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) “Global Leadership Summit” in Denver last weekend, purportedly when he discovered that Julian Assange, founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks, had been invited to the same event. Assange is currently tied up attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sex crimes inquiry, according to the AP, and would not likely have attended the event in person, though the Denver Post reported he made an appearance via video link. David Sherzer, a spokesman for the YPO, suggested that Bush did not wish to appear alongside someone like Assange, who has “willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.” Bush is anticipated to reschedule his trip to Denver to fulfill his obligations at later date.