February 25, 2011 / 10:01 PM / 6 years ago

Bush cancels Denver speech after WikiLeaks founder invited

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AUSTIN, Tex. (Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush canceled a speech scheduled for Saturday in Denver after learning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was invited to the same event.

Six months ago, Bush agreed to speak at the Young Presidents' Organization Global Leadership Summit, and he found out this week that Assange had been invited, Bush spokesman David Sherzer said on Friday.

"The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States," Sherzer said in a written statement.

Young Presidents' Organization is a nonprofit, worldwide network of young chief executives. More than 1,500 CEOs are expected to attend the two-day leadership summit, according to the organization.

Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan, Editing by Greg McCune

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