BBC NEWS, THE GUARDIAN (UK), CNN (USA)
LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from chronic lung infection that could get worse at any time, Ecuador’s ambassador to the U.K. Ana Alban has revealed.
The 41-year-old Australian whistleblowing computer hacker, who has been holed up inside the Ecuadorean embassy since June to avoid extradition to Sweden on charges of rape and sexual assault, is being checked regularly by doctors.
Ecuador said it was worried about Assange's health and asked Britain to guarantee him safe passage to hospital from the embassy if he needed medical treatment, the Guardian reveals.
Assange in August from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy (Snapperjack)
"He has a chronic lung condition that could worsen at any time," Ambassador Alban told reporters ahead of an annual gathering of Ecuador's diplomatic corps with President Rafael Correa in Quito, BBC News reports.
Alban said that Assange was suffering from living "in a confined space," adding that he was exposed "to any health consequences from this lack of sunlight and lack of fresh air."
Assange refused to discuss his health in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett – a sometimes pugnacious interview in which the Australian also deflected questions about government abuse of the press by the country that has been shielding him from arrest, CNN reports.