WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly set to be expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London.
A member of staff inside the six-storey building, where the Australian has been holed up since 2012, declined to speak about the claims when asked over the intercom shortly before 7.30am.
The pavement opposite was lined with more than 20 members of the world's media, many with TV cameras, after the reports broke via WikiLeakslast night.
Julian Assange first came to international prominence in 2010 when Wikileaks, the organisation which he founded, released tens of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in what was the biggest leak in US military history.
It sent shockwaves throughout the political and military worlds. US soldier Chelsea Manning would go on to be convicted in relation to the case, imprisoned and subsequently pardoned.
BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.https://t.co/adnJph79wq— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 4, 2019
As the leak was being investigated, Swedish authorities launched an inquiry relating to allegations of sexual assault against Julian Assange.
He denied the allegations and said he feared the changes were a ruse to get him extradited to Sweden to the US in relation to the Wikileaks material.
As a result, he sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy, breaking bail conditions which had been imposed in the UK.
In 2017 Swedish authorities dropped their investigation into Mr Assange saying that all possibilities to conduct an investigation had been exhausted. But a British arrest warrant in relation to him breaching his bail conditions by taking refuge in the Embassy still stood.
He lost his bid to have the arrest warrant dropped.
In October last year, Mr Assange said he was to take legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms".
The move came several months after Ecuador cut off communications for Mr Assange.
WikiLeaks said Ecuador had threatened to remove the protection Mr Assange has had since being granted political asylum, and said that his access to the outside world had been "summarily cut off".