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(CNN) – For two years now, Julian Assange, editor of the secret-sharing site Wikileaks, has been trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the Latin American country granted him political asylum.
Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden on allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Stockholm. There are no actual charges against him there, but his lawyers think that the minute he steps into Sweden, he could potentially be extradited to the United States.
Now, his lawyers says they have new information that could ultimately allow him to walk out of the embassy, without handcuffs.
"I hope that, yes, it will remove the arrest warrant which has technically kept this matter going now for nearly four years, but it won't permit me to leave the embassy because we still have the threat of extradition," Assange said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
In the meantime, the work of Wikileaks continues. The group is promising to release new classified documents pertaining to the "international negotiations" of 50 countries.
" We're releasing it tomorrow. In total, more than 67% of global trade is encaptured by those negotiations. I can't reveal any more details, but the United States, of course, and all of the
countries in Europe are included," said Assange.
For more of our interview with Julian Assange, along with his lawyer Michael Ratner, check out the video above.
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