Swedish court upholds Assange arrest warrant
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A Swedish court on Friday refused to drop an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a rape case, according to reports.
 
Assange, 45, has denied the accusation from 2010 and has avoided extradition to Sweden by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012.
 
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"After reviewing the existing investigative material and what the parties have stated, the Court of Appeal finds that Julian Assange is still suspected on probable cause of rape," the three-judge panel in Stockholm said in its ruling Friday, according to NBC News.
 
"The Court of Appeal also shares the assessment of the District Court that there is still a risk that Julian Assange will flee," the ruling added.
 
His Swedish defense lawyer said Friday that Assange would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, according to reports.
 
Assange has challenged the order several times and has said he fears he'll be extradited to the U.S. for espionage charges if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy.
 
Earlier this summer, WikiLeaks published thousands of documents hacked from the Democratic National Committee, and Assange has made multiple media appearances promising more leaks related to the 2016 U.S. election.