Julian Assange's loses court appeal on UK arrest warrant

Julian Assange's loses court appeal on UK arrest warrant

Edward Grange, a partner at law firm Corker Binning, said the fact remained that Assange had chosen to enter the embassy to avoid arrest.

In a withering ruling, Justice Emma Arbuthnot, of Westminster Magistrates' Court, said: "He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favour".

Emily Butlin, 47, said the judge "spoke as a representative of the U.K. government, assisting government in their work instead of representing justice". This seems to have led to the significant factual errors in the judgment. The warrant was upheld by the judge during the previous hearing last week. "He should have the courage to do so too".

The warrant, which is centered on the WikiLeaks chief absconding bail, remains active in Britain.

Mercilessly unraveling that 2016 report, Arbuthnot began by saying the working group has apparently misunderstood what occurred after Assange's arrest.

However, he said that authorities were not concerned that there were "no legitimate legal grounds to prosecute Assange".

"I do not accept that Sweden would have rendered Mr Assange to the United States", she said. "If that had happened there would have been a diplomatic crisis between the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States which would have affected international relationships and extradition proceedings between the states". And these latest revelations are stoking suspicions that the government is keeping him detained for political reasons.

Arbuthnot was weighing the public interest in pursuing Assange for refusing to surrender to police while on bail. He has a serious tooth problem and is in need of dental treatment and needs an MRI scan on a shoulder which has been described as frozen.

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Assange has also said that he suspects that there is a secret indictment against him in the U.S. for his role in disclosing highly classified information.

She added that she did not find Mr Assange's fear that Swedish authorities would extradite him to the US "reasonable".

"He records his reasoning as such: 'The defence would without any doubt seek to turn the event to its own advantage'".

In his teens, Assange gained a reputation as a sophisticated computer programmer and in 1995 he was arrested and pleaded guilty to hacking.

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"Mr. Assange would have had the accusations resolved one way or another".

Assange's lawyers asked for the warrant to be withdrawn since Sweden no longer wants him extradited, but the judge rejected their request last week.

Assange continues to maintain that WikiLeaks' mission is akin to that of the New York Times or Washington Post - to publish newsworthy content. To fans, he is the man in the high castle, a reclusive paragon of free speech who turned whistle-blowing into a mass movement.