>> Julian Assange is home, sweet home, for a bit longer at least. A court in Sweden dismissing an attempt to have the WikiLeaks founder's arrest warrant set aside, and clearing the way for him to be questioned in London. I'm Reuters reporter Stuart McDill at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Central London where Julian Assange has been claiming asylum since 2012.
Well, the day he leave the building behind me may be one day closer, but despite today's court ruling it's still unclear if he'll walk out a free man or be immediately arrested. Assange is trying to avoid extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault, charges he denies.
He says Sweden could extradite him to the US where Wikileaks is the subject of a criminal investigation, and he could face the death penalty.>> How sweet it is.>> The courts said the lengthy deadlock was an argument for setting aside the warrant, but a strong public interest argument for it remaining in place.
But it finally cleared the way for Assange to be questioned about those allegations by an Ecuadorean prosecutor, not Swedish, here in London on October the 17th. But his lawyer questioned whether Sweden could even stage a fair trial.>> We have been calling for this interrogation to take place for six years.
So in principle, we are very pleased that it is going to take place, but perhaps it is too late. Perhaps his right to a fair trial is spoiled forever. We are analyzing that right now.>> The United Nations says Assagne is in arbitrary detention and should be compensated.
If you're the British, Swedish, or US authorities, he's in hiding and in breach of his bail conditions, and in no mood to give up planning his appeal.