No fancy escapes from embassy-stuck Assange
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.