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British justice maintains arrest warrant against Assange

The founder of WikiLeaks continues to facing to be arrested if he leaves the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he has been detained for nearly six years

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British justice maintains arrest warrant against Assange

British justice has decided on Tuesday afternoon to maintain arrest warrant on Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who has been a refugee for nearly six years at Embassy of Ecuador in London.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot, who refused on 6 February to raise arrest warrant against Assange, aged 46, had to determine wher this arrest warrant was in public interest, as requested by defense. But it has been reiterated in its decision to keep it, by dismissing argument of defense that pursuing him for violating his bail conditions is not in public interest.

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In 2012 Assange entered, disguised as a motorcycle messenger, to seek political asylum at Embassy of Ecuador in United Kingdom, in exclusive London district of Knightsbridge. He wanted to circumvent an extradition to Sweden, whose authorities claimed him since late 2010 to respond to justice of allegations of rape and sexual assault he denies committing.

Assange fears that his arrest may lead to his extradition to United States, where he would be tried for disclosure in 2010, through his company WikiLeaks, of files containing thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic communications Confidential Americans, who provided Chelsea Manning, later tried in United States under Espionage Act.

The Swedish prosecutor's office filed investigation against Assange in May last year, but arrest warrant in United Kingdom is still in force, as Judge Emma Arbuthnot confirmed last week for defendant's violation of terms of his bail in 2012.

Assange's defense retorted that cause should be abandoned because it was not arrest of public interest. It based its argument on defense in four points: that Assange had justification for action that it carried out; That UN has declared that its detention is arbitrary; That he has offered his cooperation to Swedish researchers at all times, and that six years of imprisonment at Embassy of Ecuador can be considered an appropriate punishment for his actions.

Wielded Assange also sent emails, published by Guardian, in which British prosecutor's office tried to dissuade Swedish authorities from dismissing accusation and advised him not to interview founder of WikiLeaks in London.

The Ecuadorian authorities, to try to find a way out of uncomfortable political mess in which y have been immersed, granted last December Ecuador's nationality to Assange. But London refused to recognize a diplomatic status that would have allowed him to leave embassy without being detained by British police. Last week, following British justice decision to maintain arrest warrant, Ecuador said that it would continue to protect founder of WikiLeaks "as long as his life is in danger." He also said that he would continue to seek with United Kingdom a "solution that was satisfactory to both countries and respectful of human rights."

Assange has made a few public appearances on balcony of embassy where he lives since June 2012 in a narrow apartment with a cat as only company. Doctors ensure that your health, physical and mental, has deteriorated considerably.

Also its reputation among certain sectors of society, as a defender of freedom of information, has been severely eroded in recent months. Many accuse him of becoming a mere tool in service of Russian propaganda, intervening in campaign against Hillary Clinton in presidential career of Democratic candidate against Donald Trump. In July 2016, WikiLeaks made public 20,000 pirated posts of Democratic Party, among which re were some very damaging to campaign of n candidate.

Assange has ended up associated with style of populist politics embodied by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and has publicly expressed his support for processes such as Brexit or Catalan separatism. The situation of founder of WikiLeaks has become "a stone in shoe" of Ecuador, as admitted by its President, Lenin Moreno, who inherited problem of his predecessor and now enemy, Rafael Correa, and has made efforts in search of a solution. On several occasions, government of Quito has reproached its guest for engaging in affairs of third countries.


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