August 17, 2012
Wikileaks rebel Julian Assange remained holed up in a stuffy room at the Ecuadorian embassy today surrounded by dozens of police officers waiting pounce.
The fugitive has just a sunlamp, a running machine and internet connection in the threadbare room inside the ground-floor apartment in Knightsbridge.
The curtains are almost always closed to prevent people looking in. And a short walk down the worn corridor he can find a small water dispenser.
Without sunlight or fresh air, friends fear that he is slowly verging towards depression. Only recently has a blow-up bed been swapped for a proper mattress.
One step outside the building and the whistleblower will be arrested by one of around 40 officers, who remained on guard today.