Former President George W. Bush has canceled plans to visit Denver. The former president made the decision after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was also invited to attend the same event.Good move Mr. President.
Bush planned to speak at Saturday’s Young Presidents Organization’s “Global Leadership Summit” at the Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 26, but backed out when he learned Assange was invited.
The annual conference attracts about 2,000 business leaders from 75 countries.
John Nicolakakis from South Africa told CBS4′s Tom Mustin that Bush’s decision was a disappointment.
“I do understand, but in the same breath he has let down a group of people who might have come just to see him,” said Nicolakakis.
Wikileaks has been criticized for releasing secret U.S. government and military documents.
Bush spokesman David Sherzer spoke to Mustin by phone. He said the former president “doesn’t want to share a forum with someone who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.”