Julian Assange, editor of Internet leaks website Wikileaks, told journalists he will be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London “soon,” during a press conference held earlier today.
Assange, one of the world’s most wanted information leakers, is charged with sexual assault and has been protected by the Ecuadorian government from extradition.
“I am leaving the embassy soon, But perhaps not for the reasons that the Murdoch press and Sky News are saying at the moment,” he said, but he didn’t specify details. Assange is reportedly suffering from a serious heart condition and has been attempting to get access to medical facilities. So far, the European governments have refused this request. Assange seems to be alluding to the fact that a medical exception will not be the reason he’s leaving.
In true Wikileaks style, the book reveals a private conversation between Google chair Eric Schmidt and Assage. The book asserts that Schmidt (and Google) believe that technology will save the world by helping the United States achieve its foreign policy goals. Assange, ever the anarchist, believes technology will help the world become more “stateless.”
Assange is hosting many if not all of his book tour stop virtually, as he can’t step foot into many countries without being arrested, even if he does find a more friendly host country. Either way, he’ll likely be in the press a lot more over the coming weeks.