WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange fears for his life

Julian Assange reveals fear of stepping outside Ecuadorian Embassy

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he fears being killed if leaves the Ecuadorian embassy where he holds political asylum.

"There are security issues with being on the balcony. There have been bomb threats and assassination threats from various people," he said during an interview with British newspaper The Times.

He fears the possibility of reprisals for his involvement with Wikileaks. He doesn't believe he would be openly assassinated but worries about being abducted.

He says he has faced "quite a number of threats by unstable people."

Assange, an Australian citizen has remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. He has not left the building for three years, with police forces stationed outside ready to arrest him should he do so.

He is wanted in Sweden over rape allegations that he rejects.

According to Agence France-Presse, Swedish officials are trying to find ways to question Assange over the rape accusations without him having to leave the embassy.

Swedish officials will discuss this possibility with Ecuadorian officials on Monday.

"It is the first time that we are going to meet and we will discuss a general agreement for judicial co-operation between the two countries," Swedish Justice Ministry official Cecilia Riddselius told AFP on Friday.

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