Assange’s lawyers react by launching new application on public interest grounds
Julian Assange will continue to face arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, after a judge ruled that the arrest warrant against the WikiLeaks founder was still valid.
But after the senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled against Assange on Tuesday, his lawyers made a separate application that the warrant should be dropped on public interest grounds, leaving open the possibility that he could still walk out of the embassy in the near future.
Polls suggest Ecuadorians will vote on Sunday to prevent ex-president Rafael Correa from returning to power, bucking a regional trend
When Ecuadorians vote this weekend on barring former president Rafael Correa from re-election, they will also be choosing whether to buck a trend across South America in which overbearing former presidents just can’t let go of power.
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WikiLeaks founder hopes ruling in his favour would allow him to leave Ecuadorian embassy
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has asked a UK court to drop the arrest warrant that prevents him from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living for five and a half years.
Assange, 46, skipped bail to enter the embassy in 2012 in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over an allegation of rape, which he denies.
Private investigator tells House panel Farage gave thumb drive to Assange, who officials view as a conduit for the Russian government
Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange a thumb drive of data and was possibly a more frequent visitor than was publicly known to the Ecuadorian embassy where the WikiLeaks founder lives, according to testimony given to US congressional inquiry into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to the Kremlin.
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