WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his court bid to have his UK arrest warrant dropped.
Justice Emma Arbuthnot ruled today that it was in the public interest to pursue him for failing to surrender to arrest, since the warrant was issued in 2012.
Assange, 46, since then has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and has been granted asylum. He fears that if he surrenders to Britain, he would be extradited to the United States.
Arbuthnot had dashed Assange’s hope last week when she upheld the arrest warrant.
“I’m not persuaded that the warrant should be withdrawn,” she said, explaining that Assange had breached his bail conditions in 2012.
Assange entered the Ecuadoran embassy in June 2012 to dodge a European arrest warrant and extradition to Sweden over a 2010 probe there into rape and sexual assault allegations.
Sweden dropped its investigation last year, but British police…