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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Police fence off embassy ahead of Assange statement

Police have erected a fence around the steps of the Ecuadorean embassy in London ahead of an expected news conference by Julian Assange.

Journalists arrive outside the Ecuadorian embassy ahead of the press conference. Credit: ITV News/Louisa Felton

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.

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