Wikileaks founder Julian Assange predicts that he’ll be holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for up to a year, as he hopes Sweden will drop their case against him. The 41 year old Australian is wanted for allegedly raping two women in the country, but after his appeal against extradition failed, Mr Assange fled to the Ecuador embassy in June and was subsequently granted political asylum by the nation.
The incident has led to a diplomatic feud between the two countries, as the UK maintains its legally obliged to extradite Assange to Sweden, whilst Ecuador want written guarantees the former hacker will not be further extradited from Sweden to the United States to face questions about Wikileaks.
Speaking in a television interview at the embassy, Mr Assange admitted he’s willing to play the waiting game.
"I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy or through an unusual world occurrence that we can't predict, like war with Iran, the U.S. election or the Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario. Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened, they could drop the case. I think this will be solved in between six and twelve months."
Any deal between the nations is likely to take time, with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague saying there’s currently “no solution in sight” to resolving the extradition row.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner