July 18, London- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will “soon” leave Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been holed up for two years to avoid extradition.
Police have been stationed at the compound since Mr Assange requested political asylum from Ecuador in June 2012, ready to arrest him if he sets foot outside.
The 43-year-old Australian, who is reportedly suffering from heart and lung problems, gave a press conference on Monday evening amid speculation he was set to hand himself over.
Asked about the reports, Mr Assange said: “I can confirm that I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the the reasons that the Murdoch press and Sky News are saying at the moment.”
He gave no further details.
Asked about his health, Mr Assange said anyone would be affected by spending two years in a building with no outside areas or direct sunlight.
Swedish prosecutors want to question Mr Assange over sexual assault allegations made by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers.
Mr Assange denies the allegations and has been fighting a legal battle against extradition since his arrest in Britain in 2010.
“Through all that time, nearly four years, I have not been charged with an offence … and there has been no public indictment,” said Mr Assange, flanked by Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino.
“How can it be that such a situation in Europe arises where a person is held and their freedom of movement is restricted and they are kept from their family while a foreign government, the United States, builds an ever larger case against that person and their organisation?”