– WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that he had considered the possibility of obtaining asylum in Russia.
“I thought, I have considered all options,” said Assange in an interview to the program “Pozner” on “the First channel”, answering the question of whether he had been thinking about how to apply for asylum in Russia. He noted that he did not do it, despite the fact that they gave this advice to the informant Edward Snowden, as he “it is better to stay in the country, not being a political opponent to the West”.
“Ecuador has never been perceived as the enemy of the West. And if I asked for asylum in Russia, it would be used in the campaign waged by Western media”, – said Assange.
The founder of WikiLeaks is in Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he was granted asylum in 2012 to help to avoid extradition to Sweden on charges of raping two women in 2010. It was also recorded interviews for the program “Pozner”.
British police remain ready to arrest Assange if he leaves the Embassy of Ecuador.