The difference in the case of Manning is that she, once he, was in the US military. However Assange thinks it is doubtful that he will receive better treatment should he ever be taken to the USA.
Monday's press briefing was fairly lengthy with one reporter commenting that Assange is not known to give brief answers. Why should he? Holed up in the embassy he has time on his hands and meets few people. Can you blame him for making the most of press conferences when they come around?
Assange hardly looked a picture of health and there are claims that he has a lung heart condition plus high blood pressure. Julian, 43, however denied that his 'imminent' departure from the Ecuadorean embassy would be on health grounds, although he admits his two-year incarceration has damaged his health. He said:
"I am leaving the embassy soon - but perhaps not for the reasons the Murdoch press and Sky News are saying at the moment. "As you can imagine, being detained in various ways in this country without charge for four years and in this embassy for two years which has no outside area, therefore no sunlight, as a result of the obstruction that is presently in place by the UK that has admitted the cost of more than £6.5m, it is an environment in which any healthy person would find themselves soon enough with certain difficulties they would have to manage."
Mr Assange seems to think that he will be allowed to leave the Embassy soon and Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino who sat beside Assange is of the same mind.
After spending so much to make sure Assange remains incarcerated in this embassy are the British government about to do the decent thing and respect the law of the land? With an EU arrest warrant in place that may not be easy.
According to Mr Assange plans are underway; he also claims that his rights are being abuse. Monday he showed various pieces of paperwork from rights groups supporting his release.
Julian has been holed up in the embassy for more than two-years. Since his voluntary incarceration Edward Snowden has blown the lid on US spying and more. Is Assange now small potatoes compared to Snowden or are his hopes little more than wishful thinking?
The press conference lasted around 30 minutes and was covered on all UK 24/7 news channels as it happened.