>> Tuesday just might be the day Julian Assange goes free. The founder of WikiLeaks has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London for over five years, but a court decision on Tuesday could see him leave. Having lost a legal bid last week to have a UK arrest warrant quashed, he immediately launched a new appeal.
The 46 year old first entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he would have faced rape allegations, charges he has always denied. Swedish prosecutors have since dropped their probe into the allegations. But leaves the embassy. Now, he would still face the rest by British police for breaching bail conditions set when he evaded extradition.
If the judge rules in his favor on Tuesday, it's still unlikely he would live at Ecuador's protective walls immediately. With this Swedish issue out of the way, he fears he will be extradited to the US, where he would face prosecution for publishing leaked documents. Assange's lawyer says he is quote, ready to face British justice, but not at the risk of being forced to face American injustice.