Julian Assange 'open' for talks to end deadlock over extradition to Sweden
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said the 'door is open' for talks to break the deadlock over his campaign to avoid extradition to Sweden.
He made a rare public appearance on a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to mark the six-month anniversary of his sudden arrival to the building.
"Six months ago I entered this building. It has become my home, my office and my refuge. Thanks to the principled stance of the Ecuadorian government and the support of its people, I am safe in this embassy and safe to speak from this embassy," he said.
He has since been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian Government, but has remained inside the embassy.
According to news.com.au, the Australian will be arrested if he steps outside as he has broken his bail conditions.
He said he had been sustained by the solidarity of his supporters and people around the world supporting WikiLeaks and freedom of the press.
"While my freedom is limited, I am still able to work and communicate, unlike the 232 journalists who are in jail tonight," he said.
Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over allegations of sexual assault, which he has denied.
He fears being sent to the United States to be questioned over his whistle-blowing website.
He said the Pentagon claimed recently that the existence of WikiLeaks was an 'ongoing crime'.
"While that remains the case and while my government will not defend the journalism and publishing of WikiLeaks, I must remain here," he said.
"However, the door is open, and the door has always been open, for anyone who wishes to use standard procedures to speak to me or guarantee my safe passage," he added.
Assange added that WikiLeaks will release one million documents next year affecting every country in the world, the report said.
"Next year will be equally busy. WikiLeaks has already over one million documents being prepared to be released, documents that affect every country in the world - every country in this world," he said.