Former Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa issued the stark message to the WikiLeaks founder, who he says could be sent straight to the US. The 47-year-old faces allegations that he publicly released secret documents relating to the US. He has been in the embassy in London since 2012 and in recent days rumours have circulated that he could be made to leave.
In an interview with Euronews, Mr Correa said he believed Ecuador may soon evict the Australian.
He added: “I think they haven’t done it yet because it would be a worldwide scandal.
“If they could do it, they would expel him out today.
“It is a matter of days unless something extraordinary happens unless the international pressure is so strong that they are cowed. But I doubt it.”
Mr Assange had originally sought asylum at the embassy after Swedish authorities wanted to quiz him over allegations of sexual assault and rape.
He denied any involvement and subsequently the police withdrew his involvement.
But the US still want to speak to Mr Assange and Mr Correa feels it was a fear of what officials may do to him that let Ecuador help protect the fugitive.
Mr Correa said: “Laws that include the death penalty could be applied to Julian Assange. Given this situation, we decided to grant him asylum because there were no guarantees of a fair trial and Julian Assange’s life was at risk,” he said.
“If he now leaves the embassy, the United Kingdom will immediately extradite him to the United States and there the hawks are thirsty for bestial vengeance and are capable of anything.”
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks said Mr Assange had become involved in a “new wholly unexpected criminal case”.
WikiLeaks’ first big scoop came in April 2010, when it released a video showing a 2007 US helicopter attack in Iraq that killed several unarmed civilians, including two Reuters journalist.
Following the rumours that Mr Assange would be expelled from the embassy, protestors swarmed outside.
His girlfriend Pamela Anderson declared on Twitter that “the truth will prevail”.