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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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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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