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 have erected a fence around the steps of the Ecuadorean embassy in London ahead of an expected news conference by Julian Assange.
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.
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 (£).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
President Obama's speech on security and privacy reforms were "embarrassing", Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said.
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".
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is to be the guest speaker on BBC Radio 4's traditional faith spot Thought For The Day on ThursdaY.
He has been asked to participate by the recording artist PJ Harvey, who is guest-editing Thursday's edition of the Today programme, according to media reports.
Other guests reportedly include the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the campaigning journalist John Pilger.
Mr Assange has been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for more than a year following attempts to extradite him to Sweden.
Benedict Cumberbatch was disappointed that the "revolutionary of journalism" Julian Assange turned down a request to meet him to research his latest role as the WikiLeaks founder in The Fifth State.
Assange, who has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than a year to avoid extradition to the US, said he did not want to meet the actor as he believes the film will only help destroy his organisation.
Cumberbatch told BBC1's The Graham Norton Show, to be broadcast tomorrow night, "He is a revolutionary of journalism ... he made us question what the status quo is, the rule of law and power structures that are corrupt or needed exposing.
"He served democracy a great turn I think. WikiLeaks opened a very good can of worms."
Julian Assange has donned a bright blonde mullet wig and sung You're The Voice ahead of Australia's election next month.
In the rewritten version of John Farnham's hit, Assange sings: "We have the chance to turn the pages over. We can write what we want to write. We've got to make things leak, so we can get much bolder."
Julian Assange has hailed a "significant tactical victory" in the case of Bradley Manning after the former US soldier was handed a 35-year sentence.
In a statement, he said: "While the defence should be proud of their tactical victory, it should be remembered that Mr Manning’s trial and conviction is an affront to basic concepts of Western justice...
"Mr Manning’s treatment has been intended to send a signal to people of conscience in the US government who might seek to bring wrongdoing to light. This strategy has spectacularly backfired, as recent months have proven.
"Instead, the Obama administration is demonstrating that there is no place in its system for people of conscience and principle. As a result, there will be a thousand more Bradley Mannings."