[By James Hobbs in London.] As corner shops go, the one closest to the Ecuadorian embassy in London is rather upmarket – just one street separates it from the back of Harrods department store. In theory, the store would be a thirty-second walk for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who hasn't stepped outside the embassy since claiming asylum there in 2012.
A small press pack have lenses trained on the embassy, the building with a variety of turrets, towers and balconies in the centre of this drawing. Barack Obama, in the week he leaves the White House, has commuted the sentence of the whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and one of Assange's lawyers has suggested he is now ready to face extradition to the US. Could his stay here really be nearing its end? It's a lovely, crisp, clear, winter's day and Assange should by now be sorely tempted by a walk through nearby Hyde Park on his way to justice, wherever that may lie.