Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lost extradition fight

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when he sought asylum there after an unsuccessful court battle to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

The WikiLeaks founder has denied the allegations, and the European Court of Human Rights in 2016 rejected his bid to challenge the arrest warrant. The court also ruled that Assange had diplomatic immunity from extradition.

Sweden dropped its case last November, saying its decision to drop investigation came after police gave assurances that Assange would not be extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for questioning in relation to publishing thousands of classified US military and diplomatic documents.

But the US Justice Department has not commented on the case.

Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 after Ecuador granted him asylum in the hope that he could avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

He has said that extradition to the US would ultimately lead to his death. In the past, he has expressed doubts about whether US officials would allow him to face justice.

US officials have confirmed that the US is considering a criminal case against WikiLeaks after US authorities took over the investigation into the leaks in 2010. But officials have not commented on whether the charges could extend to Assange.

A Swiss court confirmed that Assange is wanted for questioning in relation to the leaked US diplomatic cables in 2015, according to a 2010 article in the New York Times. He has reportedly never been questioned by Swiss authorities.

Assange’s lawyers have not responded to CNN’s request for comment on the court decision.

Assange’s lawyer Melinda Taylor told British journalists last month that Ecuadorian authorities had never formally told him that he was wanted for questioning in Switzerland, despite the court ruling.

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