Julian Assange expects to remain holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for up to a year as the two countries struggle to resolve a diplomatic row over the controversial WikiLeaks founder.
Assange took shelter in the embassy in June after exhausting all appeals against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations. Earlier this month Ecuador granted him asylum.
Assange has denied any wrongdoing and said he fears Sweden will hand him over to the United States, where he could face prosecution over the release of a trove of leaked Iraq and Afghanistan war reports and diplomatic cables.
Earlier this week, Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa said the case could take years to resolve and depended on London and Stockholm.
He said there were three ways to resolve the diplomatic impasse: either Britain and Sweden could guarantee that Assange won’t be sent to a third country, Swedish prosecutors could question him in the Ecuadoran embassy, or British authorities could allow him to leave without arresting him.