Assange sick, won't leave embassy without guarantees

JULIAN Assange's lawyer says he will not be leaving Ecuador's embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will not be extradited to the United States.

The Australian founder of WikiLeaks overnight declared that he would leave the embassy, where he has been holed up for two years, "soon".

The 43-year-old, who is reportedly suffering from heart and lung problems, made the comments during a press conference amid speculation he was set to hand himself over.

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Swedish prosecutors want to question Mr Assange over sexual assault allegations made by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers.

Mr Assange denies the allegations and has been fighting a legal battle against extradition since his arrest in Britain in 2010.

He says he fears he will be arrested and extradited to the US if he steps outside the embassy.

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