Swedish court upholds warrant for WikiLeaks founder Assange

Swedish court upholds warrant for WikiLeaks founder Assange
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A Swedish district court on Wednesday upheld an arrest warrant for Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangePamela Anderson: Julian Assange has been 'psychologically tortured' in London prison Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE in a blow to the WikiLeaks founder’s hopes of ending his years-long stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange is wanted on rape charges in Sweden that date back to 2010.

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He denies the charge, which he has said is part of a plot to extradite him to the United States for leaking classified American secrets. He has not left the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012 in order to avoid arrest.

In February, a United Nations working group concluded the hacker and anti-secrecy activist has been “arbitrarily detained” for the last three years and that he should be allowed freedom of travel. After that claim, Assange’s lawyers filed a motion asking the Stockholm District Court to overturn his arrest warrant.

But Swedish officials continue to believe the charges are valid and still consider him a flight risk, Marianne Ny, the director of public prosecutions, said in a statement.

“In our opinion, the public interest to continue the investigation still carries weight,” Ny claimed. “The court shares our view that a continued detention complies with the principle of proportionality.”

Lawyers for Assange have pledged to appeal the lower court decision, according to a statement obtained by CNN.