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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Julian Assange: 'I am leaving the embassy soon'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange confirmed he will be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy. Credit: Livestream/Cancilleria del Ecuador

"I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons that the ... press are saying at the moment," Julian Assange has told reporters.

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