The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expressed his desire to end his two-year stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but only if he is guaranteed safe passage by the United Kingdon. In a press conference on Monday, Assange said he would be leaving imminently, but gave no timetable.
Earlier reports on Monday indicated that Assange was going to give himself up as he remains wanted by Sweden, where he is wanted on suspicion of rape and forced coercion.
In other Breaking News, Sky News is reporting that Julian Assange will leave Ecuador Embassy & surrender to police. pic.twitter.com/iSyS5VHkEz— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) August 18, 2014
In his press conference, Assange denied those reports, saying that he did indeed have plans to leave the embassy “soon, but perhaps not for the reasons that the Murdoch press are saying at the moment.”
"How soon is soon" --Morrissey, after watching today's Assange presser http://t.co/Df96BZOvWj— Neetzan Zimmerman (@neetzan) August 18, 2014
One of the reasons cited by Assange is his deteriorating health:
As you can imagine, being detained in various ways in this country without charge for four years and in this embassy for two years, which has no outside area, therefore no sunlight — it's an environment in which any healthy person would find themselves soon enough with certain difficulties."
The rare Assange sighting brought his defenders and detractors back in the mix.
US should recognize Assange is in same protected position as a journalist who is leaked & publishes classified info. http://t.co/7pKC9EjoyW— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 18, 2014
The actual illness Assange is suffering from is Attention Deficit Disorder: he's not getting enough attention.— TBogg (@tbogg) August 18, 2014
Your move, United Kingdom.