Whatch video: Will Assange emerge from Ecuador embassy?
He has got asylum from Ecuador but Julian Assange’s fate remains far from clear.
The Wikileaks founder risks arrest should he venture outside the country’s London embassy to give a planned statement on Sunday. Supporters may see him appear from the safety of a window or even via video-link.
In his homeland, Australia, pro-Assange activists gathered outside Britain’s consulate in Sydney.
Many believe Washington wants to get its hands on their man.
“We are convinced, from a multitude of signs, that what is underway here is an attempt to ultimately bring him to the United States and put him on a charge of espionage or terrorism, which would be a very bad day for freedom of information,” said Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
Britain is determined to extradite Assange to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault claims. But Assange believes the real aim is to send him to the US which is furious at his website’s leaking of secret diplomatic cables.
Whatch video: Spanish jurist Garzon at forefront of WikiLeaks fight
The whistleblower website and its supporters have a notable ally in renowned Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon.
Heading up Assange’s defence team, the jurist will lead legal efforts to enforce Ecuador’s asylum decision.
“The situation now is, of course, a stand-off in a way,” WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told euronews by telephone.
“I will hope that the British authorities would change their position and give him a safe passage and come to their senses in a way and realise that the right thing to do is to give him a safe passage from the embassy to Ecuador.
“Now, if they are still maintaining their position, Julian’s legal – the head of his legal team, Baltasar Garzon – has indicated that he would take the matter to the International Court of Justice and seek the court to enforce the UK to abide by this decision, on the basis of the fact that, de facto, Julian has a refugee status.”