Julian Assange has said in a new interview that he wanted to play football with police officers during the World Cup, but he couldn’t because he was scared they would drag him out the window of the Ecuadorian embassy.
The Register reports that Assange gave an interview to Australian radio show “Kyle and Jackie O” in which he told them what it’s like living inside the embassy
Assange, the head of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing site, has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid being detained by police over sexual assault allegations against him (which he denies.)
The UK has stationed police officers outside the embassy in case Assange tries to escape. He said during the interview that during the World Cup he wanted to try and play football with the officers by kicking a ball out of the window of the building.
However, before Assange was able to play football with police, he checked the laws about embassies and diplomatic immunity. It wasn’t clear whether police officers would be allowed to grab Assange’s leg if he kicked a ball and his leg came outside the window, so the plan was abandoned.
Elsewhere in the interview Assange told the radio hosts that nobody in the Ecuadorian embassy is allowed to use a smartphone. “We assume all smartphones are infected, so they are banned from the building,” he said. That means that the same rule presumably applies to the embassy of Colombia, which occupies the same building.
Here’s the full interview with Assange (starts at 37:30)