Judge Rejects Julian Assange's Bid To Drop UK Arrest Warrant

In a pivotal moment for Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange's long-running legal battle to regain his freedom after spending the last six years without sunlight at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, a UK judge delivered a disappointing ruling for Assange's defense team.

After repudiating Assange's lawyers characterization of the circumstances of his confinement, the judge has rejected his bid to have the warrant dropped, upholding the state's case against the renown political dissident - who violated the terms of his bail in 2012 to show up at the Ecuadorian embassy disguised as a motorcycle courier.



Though the process isn't over yet, the judge's ruling that he had no reason to fear extradition to the US is a huge blow to his case for having the UK warrant dropped. In particular, the judge said Assange could leave the embassy whenever he liked, could have unlimited visitors, could choose when he eats and sleeps and exercises and even had access to sunlight via a balcony. Assange's lawyers had also argued that his years inside the embassy were "adequate" punishment for any crimes he may or may not have committed.



Sweden dropped rape charges against Assange nearly 10 months ago, but the UK has refused to let him off the hook. In fact, reporters discovered that Sweden wanted to drop its pursuit years ago, but was persuaded to continue by Assange...

According tothe Guardian, Assange also suspects there is a secret US grand jury indictment against him and American authorities will seek his extradition.




It appears as if the UK arrest warrant will be left in place, as Assange suggested in a tweet.




A bid to lift the arrest warrant last week was rejected when Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected the notion that Sweden’s dropping of the case against Assange meant that the British authorities should no longer want him in custody. His defense team is arguing that Assange's further detention would not serve justice. Assange has argued that if he hadn’t fled to the embassy, he would have been extradited to the US to face an unfair trial for his work, which he believes is essentially not different from investigative journalism.

In December, Assange received Ecuadorian citizenship, but the UK indicated it would not recognize his diplomatic status if requested by the Latin American nation, denying Assange the diplomatic immunity that would've allowed him to leave.

The UN has twice ruled that Assange is being improperly detained in the UK, and investigative work done by an Italian journalist uncovered malfeasance at the Crown Prosecution Service.

The judge also said that, if extradition motions were taken against Assange, he would be able to contest those.

To be sure, the process isn't over yet. Assange noted that even if he loses the first point, the hearing may immediately continue on another...




chunga Stan522 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:18 Permalink

You can bet your bippy uncle scam had something/everything to do with this. They'll never let Assange out of embassy jail, while they *all* pretend to endlessly investigate the blockbuster bombshell story about piss. That's what these fake investigations will amount to - another fake bucket of piss.

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holgerdanske Grumbleduke Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:45 Permalink

Trump should have ended this farce months ago. As a matter of fact, it should have been one of the first things he did, as president.

That would have set him on the right course, and have gained him lots of friends.

As it is, I don't trust Trump, never knowing when he is going to hire the next unmentionable or banker.

It is just not kosher!











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Hans-Zandvliet holgerdanske Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:28 Permalink

Sure you and Grumbleduke are right!

Then again, what can you expect from a figurehead? Nowadays the POTUS (not just Trump, but any POTUS) is not more than a figurehead.

The Deep State is in charge and the POTUS is just their spokesperson. Does it make any sense to hold a spokesperson acountable? Of course it doesn't!

But the Deep State itself has no face, no name and cannot be held acountable. That's what the Deep State loves so much about the design of this type of tyranny! They roll on the floor from laughter at us naive sheeple critisizing their sock-puppet.

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chunga Grumbleduke Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:49 Permalink

Don't forget, the maverick outsider pretended for quite a while he'd never heard of Assange's offer of proof the Russian story is fake even though it was no secret.

Just imagine the scenario with the shoe on the other foot. A red AG gets a visit on the tarmac from former potus. One DNC chair threatens the capital police chief, another one gets caught giving out debate questions then writes a book admitting to rigging the primaries, rnc staffer murdered in a botched robbery. Red staffer gets subpoenas from congress, twice, doesn't show up. Congress guy sends letter to AG for enforcement, AG does nothing.

It's insulting and ridiculous.

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Troy Ounce chunga Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:35 Permalink


It is time for 10 000 people with yellow (Ecuadorian soccer) shirts and grey wigs to pitch up in front of the Embassy and have a ball of a life time at night with confetti, loud music, drinks and a lot of smoke and mirrors.

Best would be to send the invitation out to well built males who do not mind a fist fight. 

Many options thereafter to escape from backstabbers country. 


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GreatUncle Stan522 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:45 Permalink

Judges being in close collusion with the most corrupt are normally bribed.

So to deal with this fairly we need to have a referendum in the UK (yes another) to see if this UK arrest warrant should be cancelled. Reason being is how can a system that 95% does not represent the people make any decision any more.

Referendum, referendum, referendum.

If the result is to cancel the warrant the judge is removed.

The only fair way now ...

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Grumbleduke EcoJoker Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:47 Permalink

escobar's dead, so there's that...

If you want to live in peace, and you have all "democraticaly elected governments with a pinch of exceptionalism" on your tail, you will have to fight them in the court of public opinion. You have to have them back down. Soros comes to mind: pisses off plenty of powerful people and governments, still roams free and alive.

And there you have it - where's the outcry of billions of freedom loving people?

Going to their gun-ranges and practice. Watching Spiderman, Thor, Star Wars. They don't have time for other shit!

Keep bangin'!

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FGopher Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:02 Permalink

"...the judge's ruling that he had no reason to fear extradition to the US is a huge blow to his case for having the UK warrant dropped. "  Apparently not only "The Dude abides". The Deep State abides. Disgusting.

66Mustanggirl Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:06 Permalink

Can someone please explain to me why the U.S. government and various Intel agencies are up in arms over Assange but apparently have ZERO problem with Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept and the moneyman financing the publication, billionaire Pierre Omidyar, PRIVATELY OWNING the 500,000 pages of Snowden leaks and that Omidyar, Greenwald, and the Intercept have been sitting on for 5 years?  

Oh, could it be Omidyar’s cozy relationship with those very Intel agencies and their powerful contractors??

Things that make you go hmmmm.......

Sibel Edmonds of Newsbud has a fascinating exposé on the entire intriguing web



CompassionateC… Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:23 Permalink

Sorry Julian, but you are a rapist and a Nazi tRump collaborator with Russia and you are going to be brought to justice.  Only a sickening tRump supporting white supremacist would want anything different.