In August the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, was granted asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Assange is wanted in Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. Mr Assange and others however believe that these are trumped up charges and simply a ploy to extradite him from the UK. They believe that Sweden will simply be a stop over from where he is soon moved on to the USA. America would like to get hold of Julian for his Wikileak's revelations.
When Assange entered the Ecuadorean Embassy he left his financial supporters high and dry. Some had stood bail for this man and looked set to lose a great deal of money if he did not hand himself in to the British authorities.
The Embassy staff and Julian knew that his stay could be lengthy, perhaps even years. The British Police had said all along that if Mr Assange put one foot outside of the embassy he would be arrested. This has led to costly policing of the area around the Ecuadorean Embassy.
Today, November 29, it has been revealed that Julian is currently ill. He is said to have a lung disorder that may need hospital treatment. This leaves Mr Assange in a bit of a predicament, to say the least.
The illness, said to be chronic, is being monitored regularly by a health professional. This is for now being carried out inside the embassy. His"confinement" is not helping his health,. You could class it as self styled imprisonment or enforced, as the police will not let him freely leave the building. He lacks fresh air and proper exercise plus some claim a proper diet. He has little space to move around and is in a prison of sorts.
Earlier this week Mr Assange accused some in the US of bullying European credit card firms to prevent donations reaching him. This has led to Wikileak operations becoming limited, he claimed.
In late October as Assange's health begun to worsen British officials were sounded out regarding the position should he need hospital treatment. This request could soon need a firm answer.