Monday marks five years since the «imprisonment» of Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

© RIA Novosti / Alex Monotonicity in fotosexverhalen WikiLeaks Julian Assange on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Archival photoMonday marks five years since the «imprisonment» of Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London© RIA Novosti / Alex Monotonicity the image Bank

Monday marks five years since, as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, avoiding extradition and arrest.

In the summer of 2010 in Sweden began investigations against Assange in the statement of the two women about the sexual claims during his stay in Stockholm. Later the Swedish law enforcement authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of the activist.

The founder of Wikileaks in 2012, appealed to the authorities of Ecuador asking for political asylum for fear of extradition by Swedish authorities in the United States in connection with his activities in Wikileaks. The Embassy of Ecuador in London on 19 June presented him asylum for an indefinite period in his building, located in the fashionable district of Knightsbridge in the British capital.

The Swedish prosecution authority may 19 this year closed the investigation on the case Assange. However, the police said that if he leaves the Embassy, he was arrested. The reason for the arrest in London will be still a valid warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court after the founder of the controversial website 29 Jun 2012 refused to surrender to the court.

In the five years spent within the walls of the Embassy, Assange never went outside, except for a few speeches, a speech on the balcony of the building in which he resides. For all the time he never stopped working, publish new material and organization to communicate with supporters.

The testimony of various law enforcement agencies and human rights organizations in the case of Wikileaks, Assange does not leave the building.

Lawyers and supporters of a political refugee expressed fear for his health, which has deteriorated due to lack of fresh air, walking and sunshine.

As found by WikiLeaks, the surveillance of Assange has cost the UK almost £ 19 million sterling.