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Balcony being prepared for Assange speech

Updated söndag 19 augusti 2012 kl 15.07
Published söndag 19 augusti 2012 kl 12.37
Setting up the balcony for Julian Assange's speech, Photo: Mona Hambraeus/Sveriges Radio

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seems to be planning to avoid arrest by making his speech Sunday from a balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Workmen have been seen prying the hinges off a door leading to a small balcony on the corner of the embassy, and setting up a microphone on the balcony.

WikiLeaks says Assange will be speaking at 13:00 hrs UTC (3:00 PM) Sunday. But the London Police have said they will arrest Assange as soon as he steps outside the embassy, so he can be extradited to Sweden for questioning on sex crime allegations.

Around 40 police officers are stationed around the embassy building Sunday morning.

Assange "can remain indefinitely" in embassy

Ecuador's president Rafael Correa acknowledged Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain in his country’s embassy in London as long as Britain refuses to give him safe passage out of the country.

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