"Assange backed by UN, but he's not free yet"
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Assange backed by UN, but he's not free yet
Julian Assange says he is vindicated by a UN ruling which claims the WikiLeaks founder who's been arbitrarily detained and should be allowed to walk free from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Said that Mr. Assange is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.
However, the ruling may not change anything for Assange as long as the UK government rejects the UN's claims.
Foreign secretary Phillip Hammond called the UN's ruling frankly ridiculous In a press conference today Assange disagreed with that saying that following the United Nation's decision, the question over whether he's being unlawfully detained is now a matter of settled law.
Assange claimed asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 and hasn't left since.
If arrested Assange faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim.
The controversial figure has said he is concerned that being arrested would lead to his being sent to the US where he could be prosecuted for the 2010 leaking of thousands of classified government documents.
Which his critics say has put innocent lives at risk.
So now the question over what should happen to Assange is a kind of political stalemate.
The UK says that a European arrest warrant remains in force while the UN says he should be allowed to leave.
For now, however, it seems that Assange won't be stepping out of the Ecuadorian Embassy any time in the immediate future.
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