WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has developed a life-threatening heart problem and will be leaving the Ecuadorean embassy in London soon despite the fears that he may be arrested as soon as he leaves the compound, he said on Monday.
Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Assange talked about his heart and lung ailment and said that he would leave the embassy soon.
The whistle-blowing organisation Wikileaks said in a tweet that it was high-time to free Asange after two years of confinement.
Assanged has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy since June 2012, after the Latin American nation had granted him the diplomatic asylum.
According to media reports, Assange is suffering from “the potentially life-threatening heart condition arrhythmia and has a chronic lung complaint and dangerously high blood pressure.”
Confined within the embassy compound for two years, Assange has remained devoid of sunlight, and a deficiency of Vitamin D “is impacting on his general health – in the long term, it can trigger asthma and diabetes, weaken bones and increase the risk of dementia”, reported the Daily Mail.
The 42-year-old is wanted in Sweden for allegedly sexually assaulting two women in Stockholm in 2010.