The Courier-Mail

No fancy escapes from embassy-stuck Assange

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LONDON: Fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange considered slipping past British police in fancy dress in a plan by the Ecuador government to smuggle him out of its embassy.

Leaked documents show other schemes involved running across roofs to a helipad, and being smuggled out in a diplomatic package.

No plans were tried because diplomats felt it would be impossible, fearing police surveillan­ce and because of “advanced technology that can detect body heat”.

But they state: “Assange could leave in fancy dress or try to escape across rooftops towards a nearby helipad, or get lost among the people in (department store) Harrods.”

Assange has claimed asylum for three years to avoid extraditio­n to Sweden on sexual assault and rape charges.

The 44-year-old Australian is said to be plagued with night terrors and has a tendency to “shout and talk incoherent­ly” into the small hours.

Swedish officials yesterday said they are close to an agreement with Ecuador which could see Assange questioned in London before the end of the year.

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