|On guard outside the Embassy|
Only a few people have been allowed in to the Embassy to talk with him in person and last week while we were in London photographer Theo Kingma and I joined that exclusive group.
After passing armed Metropolitan police on the door and undergoing strict security checks from Embassy officials, we were allowed inside with the bags of goodies we had bought from Harrods' Food Hall for Assange and the staff. After a short wait in the waiting area Assange came out to greet us and took us into an office where we spent an hour talking with him about a variety of subjects. At his insistence, our conversation was off the record so I cannot divulge what was said.
But contrary to beliefs, the 42-year-old Australian is cheerful, affable, humourous and appears to be, if not contented, then certainly at ease in his surroundings.
Earlier, via Skype, he told us: “Of course it’s difficult to wake up for 500 days and see the same walls but on the other hand I am doing good work and I have no time for anything else so it’s a bit counter-productive to trap me here, because what else can I do but work?