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Julian Assange: a year in the embassy

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Entering the embassy was the final twist in a long legal battle over the allegations. But Assange claims Britain and Ecuador can reach a deal that will see him leave “within a year”.

“I think the position in the UK is softening. Of course, it will never publicly humiliate the United States by offering me safe passage in a manner that doesn’t seem to be forced,” he said.

“But there’s lots of ways of saving the pride of Sweden, Australia, the UK and the United States,” he added, without specifying them.

He insists Britain is breaking international law by refusing to let him travel to Ecuador as a refugee – but admitted it was difficult to imagine a scenario in which he could leave without being handcuffed.

Will there eventually come a day when he just gives up and walks outside?

“When I’ve had enough? I don’t know. It’s hard to say. At the moment we’re doing such good work,” he said.

Although its recent scoops have been much lower-profile than the cables and war logs, it continues to publish leaks from around the world, including millions of Syrian politicians’ emails and US files on Guantanamo Bay.

Where will he be this time next year? “Hopefully Australia, Ecuador, travelling the world,” he said.

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