Julian Assange hopes to be free soon as his embassy stay nears fiveyear mark

Speaking ahead of the fifth anniversary of his arrival at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Mr Assange thanked the "amazing" supporters who have helped him cope with living inside the building for so long.

He has been granted political asylum by the Ecuador government, won the backing of a United Nations panel and seen the Swedish authorities suddenly drop a seven-year investigation into sex-related allegations against him.

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