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Assange surprised by UK ruling

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February 14, 2018

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (file) has lost his bid to overturn a British arrest warrant.

A London court has upheld the British arrest warrant for Julian Assange, leaving the WikiLeaks founder in limbo in the Ecuadorian embassy.

On Tuesday afternoon (local time), at the Westminster Magistrates Court, Judge Emma Arbuthnot found that Assange's argument to have his arrest warrant dropped was not in the public interest.

Judge Arbuthnot rejected all five of Assange's legal arguments, including dismissing claims by a UN working group that he had been arbitrarily detained.

Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than five years, claiming the US will extradite him for WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of defence and intelligence documents.

Last week, Judge Arbuthnot rejected Assange's legal argument that a 2012 British warrant was no longer valid because Swedish authorities had dropped an investigation into sex-related allegations.

Assange's legal team then argued it wasn't in the public interest to pursue him for breaching bail in the UK when he was fighting Swedish extradition.

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