Assange launched WikiLeaks in 2006, creating a web-based "dead letter drop" for would-be leakers.
In the courtroom's public gallery, which held a large contingent of Mr. Assange's supporters, many of the judge's comments met with gasps and murmurs of disapproval. The two leaks represented the largest security breaches of their kind in U.S. military history.
"Having weighed up the factors for and against".
They said he had no sunlight and was suffering from depression, respiratory infections, dental problems and a frozen shoulder for which he could not get treatment.
On Nov. 18, 2010, a Swedish court ordered Assange's detention as a result of an investigation into allegations of sex crimes.
"US [Department of Justice] confirmed to Reuters again yesterday that its case is ongoing".
Confidential Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) emails published by the Guardian's Sunday sister paper, the Observer, reveal that British prosecutors warned their Swedish counterparts not to drop extradition proceedings against Julian Assange on trumped-up "sexual assault" allegations as early as 2013.
Arbuthnot wasn't convinced by the arguments, saying the circumstances of his self-imposed stay at the embassy were not comparable to imprisonment. Assange can and should walk free at any time to meet his legal fate, according to her. "There are 3 months to appeal judge's decision", Assange wrote on Twitter.
In December, Assange received Ecuadorian citizenship, but the UK indicated it would not recognize his diplomatic status if requested by the Latin American nation.
Yet Judge Emma Arbuthnot told Westminster Magistrates Court she was not persuaded by his lawyer's arguments and said she found that 'arrest is a proportionate response' to Assange's actions.
He can still be arrested for violating his bail conditions in Britain if he leaves the Ecuadorian mission though.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out later today whether his UK arrest warrant will be cancelled. Edward Grange, a partner at law firm Corker Binning, said the fact remained that Assange had chosen to enter the embassy to avoid arrest. When Barack Obama was president, the U.S. Justice Department leadership concluded it would be inappropriate to prosecute WikiLeaks because it was too similar to a media organization.
Legal proceedings in Sweden were dropped last May and a European Arrest Warrant was withdrawn.
Seemingly unmoved, Arbuthnot implied last week that Assange was a man who wields power and influence online. Marianne Ny, the chief prosecutor in Sweden, stressed that she was not declaring Assange innocent, only that he no longer faces any charges in the country.
"The proper approach is that when a discrete, standalone offence of failing to surrender occurs, it always remains open to this court to secure the arrest", he said.
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