Just saw this on SkyNews in London. Julian Assange held a press conference along with the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister to announce he's leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy "soon" in order to get medical treatment.

Some confusion as to what the real reaon is why he is leaving. Assange said it is not for medical reasons, although SkyNews reports it as such:

Julian Assange has said he will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London "soon" after more than two years holed up inside the building.

The Australian was speaking at a news conference alongside Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino at the building in Knightsbridge.

Widespread reports had suggested the WikiLeaks website founder needs hospital treatment for heart and lung problems.

But the 43-year-old denied he was leaving the embassy for health reasons.


He said: "I am leaving the embassy soon - but perhaps not for the reasons the Murdoch press and Sky News are saying at the moment.

"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 is an environment in which any healthy person would find themselves soon enough with certain difficulties."

Video interview also at the link:


3:06 AM PT: 11:04 GMT: Update. Not clear that this all means anything. Assange now says he will leave embassy if UK lets him. To date, they haven't let him, so I don't see how this changes the state of play.


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