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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange expects year long stay in Ecuadoran Embassy

WikiLeaks' founder says he expects to wait up to year for a deal to free him from Ecuador's embassy in London, and hopes Sweden will drop its case.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been living inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 19, 2012 after requesting political asylum whilst facing extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Julian Assange expects to stay up to year at Ecuador's embassy.

Reuters reported the WikiLeaks' founder said in an interview he expects he'll have to wait in Ecuador's embassy in London six to twelve months for a deal to free him.

Assange has been stuck at the embassy over two months, in an attempt to stop extradition to Sweden for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.

Once in Sweden, the WikiLeaks' founder could face extradition to the US and charges for publishing thousands of classified cables, CNN reported.

More from GlobalPost: UK-Ecuador stalemate over Assange

"I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy ... The Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario. Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened they could drop the case," Assange told Ecuador's Gama television network in comments dubbed into Spanish.

The interview was recorded earlier this week inside the embassy, according to Reuters.

As GlobalPost reported the embassy is surrounded by British police who have been ordered to arrest the 41-year-old “under all circumstances” if he leaves.

This week, talks over Assange's future resumed.

Ecuador's government said it was optimistic it could reach a deal with Britain.

Meanwhile CNN reported, the website is due to publish over 2 million Syrian emails on the conflict there.

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