WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains locked up in a building as he continues his bids to avoid being locked up in a building.
Mr Assange, who is currently holed up in Ecuador’s London Embassy after requesting political asylum, faces the prospect of immediate arrest and being locked up in another building if he leaves the building that he is currently locked up in.
Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, revealed that it was unlikely that Mr Assange would be able to leave Britain and fly to Ecuador even if he was granted asylum.
“For Mr Assange to leave England, he would need a safe pass from the British government,” he said.
“With this in mind, his options pretty much consist of being imprisoned in a building or being imprisoned in a different building.”
Assange, who took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual misconduct, is believed to be living in one room of the diplomatic building.
“He is living in one room in much the same way as he would be living in just the one room if he was arrested by the authorities,” confirmed Mr Patiño.
“We see Mr Assange’s request for asylum as a humanitarian issue.
“He believes that he would be imprisoned indefinitely if he were to leave the embassy.
“We think he should be allowed to be imprisoned indefinitely so that he can avoid being imprisoned indefinitely.
“It’s all about his right to life and freedom.”