According to an interview that the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, gave to several agencies to commemorate its first anniversary since being granted asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, the Australian hacker will not leave the shelter for fear of being arrested by order of the United States.
WikiLeaks founder hopes he will leave, but not in the short term. “I would not say I’m not leaving,” he said “(but) my lawyers have advised me that I should not leave the embassy, because of the risk of detention regarding the risk of arrest and extradition to the United States.”
Assange said yesterday during a conference call that the U.S. Justice Department leads a secret investigation against him that intends to prosecute him. Therefore, his biggest fear is being prosecuted in that country if he’s to be extradited to Sweden.
Although Ecuador gave him political asylum, Britain has made it clear that the Australian hacker would be arrested if he tries to leave the embassy, to be extradited to Sweden.