With a ruling of 4-1, the court denied Assange’s appeal to throw out a 2010 detention order to question him over sexual assault allegations. In 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s been ever since.
It’s a blow for Assange, who said when he first entered the embassy that he hoped he’d be out in a year. He’s rescheduled that date since them, saying in 2014 he’d leave “soon,” though even that now seems unlikely.
Assange has kept WikiLeaks a strong source of government unease in his relative confinement, including recently creating a database to search through a trove of hacked Sony emails, and acquiring and publishing multiple chapters of the controversial, shrouded-in-secrecy Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As noted by Reuters, Assange would still face charges for jumping bail if Sweden were to abandon its sexual assault investigation.
Assange’s official legal fund says it’s anticipating a U.N. decision on the legality of his case.