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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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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.

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