A British judge has upheld the outstanding arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangefor it to be dropped.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot dismissed calls from Assange's lawyers at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, saying, "I am not persuaded the warrant should be withdrawn," Bloomberg reports.
Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges, which he denies. While Swedish prosecutors dropped the case last year due to its inability to extradite him, Assange is still subject to a British warrant for escaping bail in 2012.
Assange maintains that the US government would use his release to.
Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. It was responsible for releasing thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.