Julian Assange has claimed he is being treated worse than a war criminal by British courts.

The founder of the Wikileaks whistleblowing website attacked the “gruelling bail conditions” imposed by British courts.

“I had to wear a monitoring unit around my ankle. Alleged war criminals from the former Yugoslavia being held on bail here in Britain don’t have such conditions,” he told Der Spiegel, the German magazine.

Mr Assange has spent the past three years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in a bid to avoid extradition on sexual assault charges to Sweden, after being granted diplomatic asylum.

He had been released on bail in 2010 on condition of £240,000 in cash and sureties, wearing an electronic tag and reporting to a police station everyday.

Mr Assange insists the claims of rape and sexual assault against two women are bogus, and fears they will lead to ultimately to the American courts.

Wikileaks has continued to publish leaked cables, and Mr Assange said he expects its output to increase.

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