Over two years after Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stopped by the Ecuadorian embassy in London to use the bathroom facilities, the 42 year-old Australian continues his vigil in the hopes that, one day, he will reach the head of the line.
Speaking to The Empty Shirt this week in the wee hours of Monday morning while sitting on a folding golf chair, Assange spoke of his struggle and the continuing hardships he faces every day at the embassy.
“I’m a very determined guy, as you know, and I’m not going to back out of this” Assange promises.
The torment Assange has lived through briefly appears in his eyes as he recounts the numerous times he thought he was nearing the end, only for a turn of a corner to reveal a decorative fountain rather than a urinal.
“When things get desperate, I consider using the fountain” chokes Assange, “but I have principles”.
Assange approached The Empty Shirt in a bid to dispel rumours that his stint at the embassy was part of a political protest or asylum.
“I looked out the window one day and there were all these people cheering for me. While I greatly enjoyed it, it confused me. People queue for the toilet every day. I’m just like everyone else”.
When asked why he doesn’t consider leaving the embassy and trying one of several cafés on the London street which houses the embassy, Assange replied “I’m sure that’s what everyone wants, there are people out there who would love that. You can’t bow in the face of public pressure like that. I’m no quitter”.
The Empty Shirt left Assange, his gaze fixed on the queue ahead of him, his will unfaltering.