WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who sought asylum inside the London Ecuadorian Embassy said on Monday he would soon leave the mission, giving hints of an imminent surrender to the police and face deportation to Sweden where he is wanted in an alleged rape case.
It was a turmoil for the whistleblower for more than two years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to ward off imminent arrest. “I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons the Murdoch Press and Sky News are saying at the moment,” Assange told the media on Monday.
Though the 43-year-old crusader against the American secrets and NSA was to deport to Sweden, he may be eventually sent to the US where the secret service organistions’ whose infringements of privacy made them vie for his blood since June 2012.
WikiLeaks had published classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010, relating to American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. He could face 35 years in prison for the leaks.
Meanwhile, a Sky News report said he was facing a heart condition, a chronic lung complaint, bad eyesight, high blood-pressure, which may have forced him to eject himself out of the embassy in the hope of better medical treatment. Assange, however, said he had become “an environment in which any healthy person would find themselves soon enough with certain difficulties”.