Julian Assange postpones hyped 'special announcement'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has put off a "special announcement" from the balcony of the Ecuador's embassy in London following agreement on a meeting with British officials to discuss his case.

The 45-year-old Australian was due to speak overnight on the fifth anniversary of his arrival at the embassy where he sought asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations.

WikiLeaks said on Monday the deferral had been decided on the advice of Assange's legal team following "the agreement of an imminent meeting with British authorities".

"Mr Assange's legal team remain optimistic that a satisfactory outcome can be found which respects the British legal process and restores Mr Assange's freedom and dignity," the statement said.

He remains in the embassy as he still faces arrest in the UK on a charge of skipping bail and fears extradition to the US over WikiLeaks' publication of top secret US military and diplomatic documents.

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