Julian Assange: 'I am leaving the Ecuadorian embassy soon'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told reporters he will be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in central London "soon".

The 43-year-old Australian said his decision to leave was not for reasons "reported by the Murdoch press" but did not elaborate.

Reports suggested he requires hospital treatment for heart and lung problems.

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Assange statement 'may have been a big publicity stunt'

By Juliet Bremner: UK Editor

There is a huge number of media outside, but a police officer has just been out to relay a message that there will be no further events or movement here at the Ecuadorian embassy today.

The media throng outside the Ecuadorian embassy. Credit: ITV News/Juliet Bremner

I suspect this is a big publicity stunt to try and get the British Government to engage in a discussion about his release.

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