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Assange will not leave embassy in London unless assured no US extradition: Lawyer

Published on Aug 19, 2014 9:35 AM
 
Police officers stand outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on Aug 18, 2014 where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been claiming asylum for over 2 years. Assange will not leave the Ecuador embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will avoid extradition to the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not leave the Ecuador embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will avoid extradition to the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The Australian, who has been holed up in the building for two years, indicated on Monday that he would leave the compound "soon" amid reports that he was suffering from a heart condition and other ailments.

His lawyer Jennifer Robinson admitted to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that being cooped up had significantly impacted the 43-year-old's health but said it was difficult to put a timeline on when he would leave.

"(He will leave) as soon as conditions can be negotiated that allow Julian to leave the embassy while his political asylum, to protect him from the risk of extradition to the US, is respected," she said. "And we haven't seen that happen yet."

 
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