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Residents attend a videoconference in which participates Julian Assange, founder and spokesman of WikiLeaks, from the Ecuador's embassy in London, in the framework of the "Freedom, privacy and the future of Internet" seminar, in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Wikileaks founder and whistleblower Julan Assange has sais that he will be leaving Ecuadorean embassy after tow years of stay there, the BBC reported. He gave no more details but said he understood Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson had “said that he can confirm I am leaving the embassy soon”.

Mr Hrafnsson later said Mr Assange would only be able to leave when the UK government “calls off the siege”. Mr Assange is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual assaults in Sweden. Speaking after the press conference, Mr Hrafnsson said: “The plan is for him to leave as soon as the UK government decides to honour its obligations in relation to international agreements and calls off the siege outside – it’s as simple as that.” Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino said would continue to be offered “protection”, the report added.

Mr Assange, 43, faces questioning by prosecutors in Sweden over claims made by two women. He denies the allegations and sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in June 2012 shortly after a court ordered his extradition. He says he fears he could eventually be handed over to the US because Wikileaks published classified US military documents on the Afghan and Iraq wars. He has been living inside the embassy building since then, having been granted diplomatic asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, the BBC said.

Residents attend a videoconference in which participates Julian Assange, founder and spokesman of WikiLeaks, from the Ecuador's embassy in London, in the framework of the "Freedom, privacy and the future of Internet" seminar, in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residents attend a videoconference in which participates Julian Assange, founder and spokesman of WikiLeaks, from the Ecuador’s embassy in London, in the framework of the “Freedom, privacy and the future of Internet” seminar, in Sao Paulo, Brazil

“Reports in UK newspapers at the weekend hade said Mr Assange had developed a heart defect and a chronic lung condition during his confinement. Mr Assange said his health had suffered during his time inside the embassy. The Australian said the reasons for him leaving were not those “reported by the Murdoch press” – but did not elaborate further. If he does leave the Ecuadorian embassy, Mr Assange faces immediate arrest and extradition to Sweden,” the report added.