Julian Assange’s Arrest Warrant Is Upheld by U.K. Judge

A British judge upheld an arrest warrant for Julian Assange on Tuesday, a significant setback for him after five and a half years of evading the authorities by living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Before a packed London courtroom, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected the points made by Mr. Assange’s lawyer, stating that he was not a prisoner, and in fact could walk free at any time to meet his legal fate, and that his living conditions were nothing like those of a prison.

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Julian Assange stalemate drags on as U.K. judge rules arrest warrant stands

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday lost his second bid in a week to overturn an arrest warrant that prompted him to take refuge in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy nearly six years ago.

A United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded in February 2016 that Assange was being arbitrarily detained although British authorities rejected the finding, saying Assange was “in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest.” The lawyers also said Assange had had “reasonable grounds” for taking refuge in the embassy because of his fear that he would be deported to the U.S. to face justice for publishing secret documents on WikiLeaks.

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