Julian Assange loses legal bid to overturn United Kingdom arrest warrant

Julian Assange loses legal bid to overturn United Kingdom arrest warrant

Julian Assange's attempt to have an arrest warrant against him in the United Kingdom has failed, meaning he'll remain in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his refuge since 2012.

"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.

Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in May 2017 (AAP).

Mr Assange, has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, since 2012 in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault allegation. Despite the fact that the Swedish case has been dropped, the British authorities consider that he breached his bail conditions.

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Sweden dropped the rape case against him, but the Brits still want to take Assange to court for breaching the conditions of his bail.

Arbuthnot said that on February 13 she will rule on a request to have the entire United Kingdom case against Assange dropped.

But Aaron Watkins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court Mr Assange's application was "absurd".

British Judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was "not persuaded" the warrant should be withdrawn, according to the AP.

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Earlier this month, Ecuador granted citizenship to Assange after officials decided his living situation was unsustainable.

Mr Assange came to worldwide prominence in 2010 when his website Wikileaks released tens of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents. While its justice system has an extremely long list of things it regards as constituting rape, it also has a very short attention span, so the Swedes have essentially given up trying to speak to Assange.

US officials haven't confirmed whether a request for Assange's extradition has been made.

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

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