Thursday 18 December 2014

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange set to leave London embassy 'soon'

Published 18/08/2014 | 10:14

Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since seeking asylum there in June 2012
Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since seeking asylum there in June 2012
Amal Alamuddin arriving for the hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in February 2011.
Julian Assange speaks via Skype at the South By SouthWest Interactive festival in Texas (AP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building "soon", without giving further details.

Britain's Sky News, part owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, had earlier reported that Assange was considering leaving the embassy due to deteriorating health.

"I am leaving the embassy soon ... but perhaps not for the reasons that Murdoch press and Sky news are saying at the moment," he told reporters at the embassy in central London, before refusing to clarify his comments.

Asked about his health, Assange said anyone would be affected by spending two years in a building with no outside areas or direct sunlight, a complaint he has made several times before.

Reuters

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