Assange: I'll stay in embassy even if sex charges are dropped

Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in Kensington for a year
Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in Kensington for a year
Ian Dunt By

Julian Assange has vowed to stay in the Ecuadorian embassy even if Swedish authorities stop pursuing him over two allegations of sexual assault.

The Wikileaks founder said he was likely to be extradited to the US as soon as he left the embassy because of legal measures being undertaken while he has been holed up in the building.

"The strong view of my US lawyer is that there is already a sealed indictment which means I would be arrested, unless the British government gave information or guarantees that would grant me safe passage," Assange told a small group  of reporters on the one year anniversary of his entrance into the embassy.

"We know there is an ongoing investigation in the US and we know I am a target of the federal grand jury. There is a 99.97 per cent chance that I will be indicted."


The British and Ecuadorian government recently tried to come up with a solution to the Assange problem, but to no avail.

He is now apparently set to stay in the embassy for years, although it may be having an adverse impact on his health.

"It's not healthy to be in this position," he said.

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