The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to find that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained" in the UK. Assange has spent the last four years in Ecuador's London embassy claiming asylum, due to sexual assault claims in Sweden which would require extradition. He denies the claims.
However, the UK government has said that the panel's ruling wouldn't be legally binding to the UK, meaning that the arrest warrant for a rape allegation (Sweden last year dropped two sexual assault allegations) stays. Sweden's foreign ministry disagreed with the ruling, saying it 'differed' from their position.
Assange has stated that if the UN ruled in his favour then he should be given back his passport and freed, but if it found against him then he would leave the embassy to be arrested. From the beginning of his asylum to October last year, the Met Police stationed officers outside the embassy, costing the taxpayer £12.6 million overall.
As the head of Wikileaks, Assange has overseen the release of a huge sum of confidential U.S. government documents online, including controversial Afghanistan war footage, diplomatic cables and much more. Assange fears that if he were to travel to Sweden, the U.S. would look to extradite and prosecute him.
We got our Revolution Will Be Televised friend Heydon Prowse to drop by the Ecuadorian embassy and see if he could keep Mr. Wikileaks company...