Julian Assange just got bad news, won't be roaming free anytime soon

Julian Assange just got bad news, won't be roaming free anytime soon

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has lost a legal bid to overturn a United Kingdom arrest warrant, which could have enabled him to walk free from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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

Assange, 46, has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since he took refuge there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors were investigating allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two women in 2010.

The Swedish case has since been dropped but in the eyes of the British authorities, Assange remains in breach of his bail conditions.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot said in her judgement: "Many authorities underline the importance of a defendant attending court when bailed to do so and they describe the way that the administration of justice can be undermined by defendants who fail to attend".

However, the court announced on Tuesday his application had been rejected.

The Metropolitan police says there is no longer a 24-hour police presence outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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Extradition lawyer Edward Grange said of Tuesday's ruling: "Today's decision results in a continuation of the impasse".

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

Assange's defenders call him a freedom fighter who's being persecuted for telling the truth.

In the a year ago, Assange has also been active in a campaign to support secessionists in the Catalonia region of Spain.

The 46-year-old former hacker claims he feared authorities would hand him over to the USA to face prosecution over the leak of classified military and diplomatic documents.

Watkins said the case against Assange was "extremely simple" in that he had failed to surrender to custody in answer to bail, therefore the warrant still stood.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously said arresting Assange is "a priority".

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