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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he'll leave embassy soon

LONDON (AP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.

Assange made the cryptic comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following a meeting with Ricardo Patino, the Latin American nation's foreign minister. When asked about speculation - some of it sparked by a recent interview with a British newspaper - that the 43-year-old Australian was ready to leave the embassy to seek medical treatment, Assange declined to answer directly, instead pointing to Kristinn Hrafnsson, the WikiLeaks spokesman, who was in the back of the room.

"He said I can confirm that I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons that (news media) are saying," Assange said.

He refused to elaborate on the awkwardly worded statement.

Leaving the embassy would be a big move for Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

As bewildered journalists huddled after the press conference, Hrafnsson said that what Assange meant to convey was that he was ready to leave the embassy as soon as the British government gave him the guarantees he was seeking, namely the right to travel freely to Ecuador where he has asylum.

"The plan is to leave as soon as the U.K. government decides to honor its obligations," Hrafnsson said, repeating Assange's long-held position.

That seems unlikely anytime soon. Patino said Monday negotiations between Ecuador and the U.K. remain deadlocked.

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hduque8843 August 18 2014 at 2:36 PM

Imagine this guy, he wants everybody to know all kind of secrets, but doesn't want you to know why he is leaving the embassy. What a POS, I sure hope they get him and put him in jail. bubba is waiting for him.

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Dave hduque8843 August 19 2014 at 12:56 AM

Isn't he wanted in Sweden for sex with underage or child porn or something perverted.

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swifterman August 19 2014 at 3:38 AM

World's major human rights abuser is AMERICA !
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Crimes are commited SECRETELY by the CIA and others - people that report those crimes - as is their duty - are put in jail !
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As long as Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon aren't FREE - there is NO HUMAN RIGHTS IN AMERICA

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smashingmonkey August 18 2014 at 2:27 PM

For people who want to know how our government actually works, wikileaks provided an unprecedented view. Sadly, most people don't care about the corruption that was exposed.

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mckdarren smashingmonkey August 18 2014 at 2:51 PM

Grownups already know how our government works, lil' monkey. But we don't like terrorists knowing, too. That's why we're going to put your albino boy in prison where his flowing locks will garner much attention. The shoe will be on the other foot.

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Alexis Elizabeth smashingmonkey August 19 2014 at 5:35 AM

They don't want to know, they want the rest of the world to think how GREAT AMERICA IS when in reality America is a sewer pit like any other country that dabbles in secrecy and dirty politics!!!

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boyle1034 August 18 2014 at 10:41 AM

Where's he going? Mars?

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jsimancas boyle1034 August 18 2014 at 1:11 PM

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Marven Gardens August 19 2014 at 4:55 AM

Here pu$$y, pu$$y, pu$$y. Here pu$$y.

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fjk196336 August 19 2014 at 2:17 AM

I challange him to take the ice water bucket challange.

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fjk196336 fjk196336 August 19 2014 at 2:19 AM

challenge

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golfet33 August 19 2014 at 12:34 AM

Don't like the guy but he is not the one that stoled the secrets just reported them. Not a crime and that is why the US has not filed any extradiction papers.

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BRYANT August 19 2014 at 12:02 AM

This isn't about sex, the US wants him and Sweden and England have agreed to do their bidding. This has undoubtedly cost the Brits millions to keep people at the embassy full time. However, the US will do whatever it takes to make an example of him and discourage anyone else from coming forward. We apparently have more secrets that the public shouldn't know - though I don't know how much worse it can get after illegal rendition, torture and killing US citizens, women and children.

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Alexis Elizabeth BRYANT August 19 2014 at 5:34 AM

Sounds like you might benefit from "Zeitgeist" the movie. You can find it on netflix or youtube.

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big dog August 18 2014 at 6:10 PM

arrest him the second the door opens.

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cedatty August 18 2014 at 3:03 PM

Why is this man still breathing?

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