After more than five years of holding up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a pivotal moment.
On Tuesday afternoon, a British judge is set to overturn or uphold an arrest warrant for Assange, who has been residing in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden after Swedish prosecutors issued a European arrest warrant against him.
Last week, Judge Emma Arbuthnot upheld the arrest warrant saying that she was “not persuaded” it should be withdrawn.
Asked by Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers if it was in the public interest to drop the charges, she said she would make a ruling on that on February 13.
Assange was accused of rape in Sweden. Last year, Swedish prosecutors dropped the investigation and applied to revoke the European arrest warrant, but the British warrant for violating bail conditions still stands.
Assange’s lawyers pled the warrant to be withdrawn since Sweden no longer wants…