Julian Assange Warrant Stands

Lucy Bush
February 7, 2018

A United Kingdom judge denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to overturn his 2012 arrest warrant.

But his case continues, with more hearings and court dates to come.

"Mr Assange is not present at court today", said the judge who denied the cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker's latest bid to make legal proceedings against him go away.

A sad handful of protesters had gathered outside Westminster Magistrates' Court to demand "safe passage" for Assange. "Once at court, a defendant will be given an opportunity to put an argument for reasonable cause". However, Assange will be able to appeal against the decision. A British judge will rule on February 13 whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can have his arrest warrant, for breaching bail conditions, lifted on "public interest grounds".

If Assange leaves the embassy, he could be arrested, but what would happen after that is unclear.

The WikiLeaks creator faced extradition to Sweden, where he was sought in an investigation for sexual assault (The Guardian).

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Swedish prosecutors dropped the case previous year, saying all possible leads had been "exhausted".

Assange himself first announced the ruling on Twitter.

Supporters of Assange said they planned to hold a protest outside the embassy on Tuesday evening.

The reason Assange is unlikely to head straight out the door to the nearest Starbucks is that there may be a U.S. indictment hanging over him for his decision to leak classified documents.

It is not publicly known whether there is a sealed US indictment against Assange.

The court heard that the 46-year-old was suffering from a bad tooth, a frozen shoulder and depression because of his long stay in the embassy.

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For some, Assange is an activist who exposed government abuses of power and championed free speech.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, WikiLeaks published a trove of emails from the Democratic National Committee and John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.

There are no formal charges in against Assange in the USA, though news reports previous year suggested the Justice Department was looking into it.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Assange called Pompeo's statements "very unusual and bombastic".

He also cited a United Nations report in support of Assange.

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