Assange will not leave embassy in London unless assured no US extradition: Lawyer
Published on Aug 19, 2014 9:35 AM
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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