After being holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain for more than two years to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault and rape allegations, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has signaled an interest in finally leaving.
"I am leaving the embassy soon...but perhaps not for the reasons that Murdoch press and Sky news are saying at the moment," Assange told reporters today.
According to Assange's spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson, he wouldn't be allowed to leave the building without Britain's permission—otherwise, he would be arrested by police.
"The plan is for him to leave as soon as the UK government decides to honour its obligations in relation to international agreements and calls off the siege outside—it's as simple as that," Hrafnsson, said.
Assange has been dodging extradition to Sweden stemming from sexual assault accusations made by two women in 2010—he was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012. He has told reporters that he fears than extradition to Sweden could eventually lead to him being extradited to the U.S.
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