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WikiLeaks founder stresses he has not been charged

Julian Assange has stressed he has not been charged with an offence in the UK or in Sweden "at any time".

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Credit: Pool

"The basis under which my asylum was granted here [at the Ecuadorian embassy] is the ongoing US investigation into me and WikiLeaks", he said during a press conference.

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Police fence off embassy ahead of Assange statement

Police have erected a fence around the steps of the Ecuadorean embassy in London ahead of an expected news conference by Julian Assange.

Journalists arrive outside the Ecuadorian embassy ahead of the press conference.
Journalists arrive outside the Ecuadorian embassy ahead of the press conference. Credit: ITV News/Louisa Felton

A police officer could be heard arguing with a someone who emerged from the embassy about whether the pavement was public or private property.

"Police can deal with it, not you," the officer said. "Let me call the council then," he replied.

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Julian Assange 'could hand himself in to police'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will hold a press conference this morning where he is expected to announce he is leaving the Ecuadorian embassy after two years.

The Australian is in need of critical hospital treatment after developing heart and lung problems and could hand himself in to police on his release, sources reportedly told The Sun (£).

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pictured in June last year.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pictured in June last year. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

He sought refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London after exhausting all routes of appeal to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.

Assange denies the claims made against him.

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Ecuador's foreign minister: It is time to free Assange

Ecuador's foreign minister has said it is "time to free" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Speaking at a press conference inside the Ecuadorian embassy, Ricardo Patino Aroca said, "Two years is simply too long, it is time to free Julian Assange - it is time for his human rights to be respected."

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Woman not guilty over Syria underwear cash

Nawal Msaad, who was accused of trying to smuggle cash in her underwear on a flight to Turkey, has been cleared of funding jihadists in Syria.

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Nawal Msaad Credit: PA Wire

The 27-year-old attempted to take a stash of 20,000 euros in bank notes on a flight to Istanbul from Heathrow in January, but was stopped at the departure gate and the cash, hidden inside a condom, had fallen out into her pants.

She denied the charge of making money available with "reasonable cause to suspect that it would or may be used for the purposes of terrorism", claiming her friend Amal El-Wahabi had "stitched her up".

The jury cleared Msaad but convicted El-Wahabi following five days of deliberations.

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