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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. 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.


Julian Assange: Ecuador's position 'is the correct one'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said the position Ecuador has taken on his case "is the correct one".

Ecudorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino Aroca and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Credit: Livestream/Cancilleria del Ecuador

Assange sought refuge inside Ecuador's London embassy two years ago in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.

He has denied the claims made against him.

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."

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. 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.


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. 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.

Assange: Ecuador 'deserves' to win the World Cup

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has turned from distributing state secrets to a spot of football punditry as he said Ecuador's team "deserves" to win the World Cup.

Assange said he would be supporting Ecuador, but Brazil would win the cup. Credit: REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he said he will be rooting for the South American country, which has given him shelter in its embassy for two years, as he flees extradition over alleged sexual assault.

“Of course, Ecuador undoubtedly deserves to win the World Cup and has a pretty decent team,” he said in comments quoted by Time magazine.

“But I think there’s such prestige riding on the issue for Brazil that they are the most likely victors.”

WikiLeaks' Assange: More secret data coming soon

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks will soon release a new batch of secret information.

The WikiLeaks founder spoke to a crowd of around 3,000 people via Skype at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin in Texas.

He did not reveal any more details, saying he doesn't want the authorities to have time to prepare ahead of the release.

Mr Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian the embassy in central London for more than a year and half in a bid to avoid deportation to the US over the biggest leak of classified documents in US history.

Assange: Very few 'concrete' reforms in Obama's speech

President Obama's speech on security and privacy reforms were "embarrassing", Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Credit: PA

Mr Assange, who has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than a year to avoid extradition to the US told CNN: "I think it's embarrassing for a head of state to go on for 45 minutes and say almost nothing.

"It's clear that the president would not be speaking here today if it were not for the actions of Edward Snowden and whistleblowers before him...these whistleblowers have forced this debate. This president has been dragged kicking and screaming to today's address", he added.

"Unfortunately today we also see very few concrete reforms".

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