reveals details of his life in the Ecuadoran embassy
AFTER criticizing the film The
Fifth Estate, based on his life story, for not
adhering to the facts, Julian Assange has revealed
the truth about his life in the Ecuadoran embassy in
London, which granted him political asylum.
In a 90-minute Skype interview,
reported by the UK Telegraph newspaper, a
pale and slim Assange stated, "Of course it’s
difficult to wake up for 500 days and see the same
walls but on the other hand I am doing good work and
I have no time for anything else…"
"I have a very capable and loyal
staff and we have a lot of supporters around the
world and people who believe in what we do and want
to see if it continues. (…) It would be pretty bad
if when I finally get out of here I find it’s
actually better here than outside. At least in here
there are no sudden raids by police, there is a rule
of law and not an arbitrary breakdown as there is in
many countries now," he added.
In relation to his day to day life
in the London Ecuadoran embassy, the Wikileaks
founder talked about the close relationship he has
developed with staff at the mission, "We’ve gone
through a lot together and we understand we are all
in this together." He affirmed that despite the
positive atmosphere, there are still police
surrounding the embassy, which creates a difficult
situation for embassy personnel.
In the same interview, the Wikileaks
editor admitted his concern for the security of his
family. "I have a family and that situation is
difficult," he said. "My family has had to move and
change their name and have been subject to threats
from right wing blogs calling for my son, for
example, to be killed to get at me. We take security
precautions to deal with it and it is dealt with.
I’m not scared about it."
As he explained during the interview,
he lives in a small office room converted into
living quarters, equipped with a bed, telephone, sun
lamp, computer with internet connection, shower,
treadmill and a small kitchenette.