London (AFP) – A UK body of aid to whistleblowers around the world on Thursday launched a legal aid fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning that his deportation to Embassy of Ecuador in London "could be imminent".

The Courage Foundation has stated that Assange's position at the embassy, ​​where he has resided since his search for refuge in 2012, was "under increasing threat."

The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, said last month that "the way has been opened to allow Mr. Assange to make the decision to leave almost free".

Moreno said that Britain had assured that the 47-year-old Australian would not be extradited to a country where his life would be in danger.

Ecuador has been seeking for several months a way to end Assange's stay, while relations with his guest at the embassy were deteriorating, who had recently sued Quito for restricting his access to the Internet .

Assange, who gained international fame by publishing huge caches of pirated records from the state department and the Pentagon, has repeatedly expressed concern that Britain's extradition to the United States United to be continued.

The 251,000 classified cables from United States embassies worldwide – published by WikiLeaks in 2010 and published by major international newspapers – have embarrassed the Bush administration in Washington and caused disruptions in its bilateral relations with the United States. Other countries.

In Britain, he is facing prosecution for failing to comply with his bail conditions after he ran away to the embassy to escape extradition to the United States. Sweden following charges of sexual assault expired since.

"Pursuing Assange for publication is a major attack on press freedom in general, and its transatlantic legal defense will require contributions from supporters around the world," the foundation said.

The group said the donations "will only go to support the WikiLeaks staff advocacy campaign".

In November, US prosecutors inadvertently disclosed the existence of a sealed indictment against Assange, according to Wikileaks, but it is unclear what the charges were.

The possible charge suggested that Washington would request the extradition of Assange after he left the embassy.

There is speculation that the American interest in Assange is linked to the investigation of the special advocate Robert Mueller on Russia's interference in the 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to power.