Assange prepared to leave embassy, accept arrest today
AFTER nearly four years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange says he is prepared to leave today and accept arrest by British police if the United Nations rules against him in his case against Sweden and Britain.
Despite choosing to seek asylum in the embassy in June 2012, after Sweden's attempt to extradite him from Britain over an alleged rape, the Wikileaks founder says he is being detained illegally because he is unable to access the benefit of the grant of asylum by Ecuador.
Mr Assange has denied the rape allegation and accused Sweden of planning to extradite him to the US over the leaking of classified information.
In a statement yesterday, Mr Assange said if the UN ruled in his favour "I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me".