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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will leave Ecuador embassy in London 'soon'

Published on Aug 18, 2014 5:08 PM

LONDON (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday he would "soon" leave Ecuador's embassy in London, where he has sought asylum for over two years.

Speaking at a press conference, he said he "will be leaving the embassy soon" but not for reasons "reported by the Murdoch press", without elaborating.

But WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told AFP: “What Julian meant is that his plan is to leave as soon as the British government honours its commitment.”

The British media reported at the weekend, quoting a WikiLeaks source, that he was suffering from the potentially life-threatening heart condition arrhythmia and had a chronic lung complaint as well as dangerously high blood pressure.

Anti-secrecy activist and Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange speaks during a live video-conference in Mexico city, on Aug 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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