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Assange gets comfortable in embassy

Oct. 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM   |   Comments

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LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his 4-month stay in Ecuador's London embassy beats prison but is like "living in a space station."

Assange sought refuge at the embassy in June after losing a court battle to avoid extradition to Sweden, where is wanted for questioning about allegations of sexual assault. He denied the allegations and says the legal moves make up a ruse to get him extradited to the United States.

Although risking arrest if he sets foot outside the embassy, Assange said in an interview with CNN: "It's a little like living in a space station because there's no natural light and you've got to make all your own stuff. You can't go out to shops and so on.

"But I have been in solitary confinement. I know what life is like for prisoners. It (his current situation) is a lot better than it is for prisoners."

Assange added the standoff could end if the United States ends its investigation of WikiLeaks, a website noted for posting classified military and U.S. State Department documents.

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