WikiLeaks' Assange hopes to leave Ecuador Embassy 'soon'

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WikiLeaks' Assange hopes to leave Ecuador Embassy 'soon'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hopes to leave the Ecuador Embassy in London “soon.”

He gave no further details.

British media reports had earlier suggested Assange was considering leaving the embassy because of poor health.

“I am leaving the embassy soon,” said Assange at a news conference. “But perhaps not for the reasons that the Murdoch press and Sky News are saying at the moment.”

Ecuador’s foreign minister will continue talking to Sweden and the UK to find a resolution.

Ricardo Patiño told the news conference: “We are hoping for a reaction soon. Because Julian Assange has been here for too long, against his will, waiting for safe passage.”

Assange is wanted in Sweden for allegations of sexual assault dating back to 2010.

The WikiLeaks founder has spend over two years in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden.

His spokesman later told reporters he could only leave if the British government “calls off the siege outside” the embassy, refering to the 24-hour police presence outside the building.