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tiptrot.com February 19, 2018


Assange isn't leaving the Ecuadorian embassy anytime soon

07 February 2018, 01:11 | Bernice Figueroa

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to fight on with another ruling due next week

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to fight on with another ruling due next week

Judge Emma Arbuthnot had earlier rejected a bid by Assange, who is holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, to have an arrest warrant against him dropped on different grounds.

Assange's lawyer, Mark Summers, argued that the arrest warrant should be dropped because it had "lost its goal and its function", citing the dropped charges against Assange in Sweden.

Last month his legal team applied to have his United Kingdom arrest warrant stood down.

Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London.

The warrant was issued for the WikiLeaks founder in 2012 after sexual abuse allegations from the Swedish government were leveled against him.

Mr Assange came to global prominence in 2010 when his website Wikileaks released tens of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents.

When asked if a successful ruling would mean Assange was free to leave the embassy, a CPS spokesman said: "Hypothetically yes, that would be our interpretation".


Should she rule in Assange's favour next Tuesday, it remains unlikely however that he will leave the embassy immediately.

But Assange was still subject to the British warrant for breaching his bail conditions in 2012.

His lawyer said the bail case should be dropped now that Sweden doesn't want to charge Assange.

"Therefore the warrant stands", Watkins said, calling Assange's situation "extremely simple". That investigation was dropped a year ago after the prosecutor said leads had been exhausted.

Assange has been living in a tiny room in the Ecuadoran Embassy, and his organization continues to release sensitive documents on the Internet.

British prosecutors had opposed the removal of the warrant, saying Assange shouldn't be immune from the law simply because he has managed to evade justice for a long time. Instead, she said that Assange not surrendering to bail was its own offense and that by not appearing in court, Assange has failed to provide reasonable cause for skipping bail.



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