Julian Assange In No Hurry To Leave Embassy

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has told reporters that he is in no hurry to leave London's Ecuadorian embassy.

Assange has been in the embassy for almost a year, after he lost an appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex crimes.

Assange also fears that he could extradited to the US, where he could face arrest for releasing secret documents.

He has remained in the embassy as he continues to fight extradition to Sweden, which it is understood there has been little to no progress on.

Assange told reporters that he spends up to 17 hours a day working while in the embassy, has a sun lamp and takes regular exercise on a threadmill.

Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador, but was not guaranteed safe passage out of the UK but the government, who maintain that he would be arrested and returned to Sweden.


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