'Julian Assange's legal battle to walk free from the Ecuadorian embassy was today blocked after a court refused to throw out an outstanding UK arrest warrant.
The Wikileaks founder, 46, has been in the bolthole in Knightsbridge, central London since 2012 after a rape allegation was made in Sweden, which he denied.
Legal proceedings in Sweden were dropped last May, and a European arrest warrant was withdrawn.
But he still faced arrest in the UK for jumping bail in 2012, when he sought asylum in the Embassy and failed to surrender to court.
The activist fears if arrested he could be extradited to America where he is wanted for leaking highly secretive documents.
Lawyers for Assange argued last month the fail to appear warrant had lost its purpose, and applied for it to be withdrawn.
Mark Summers QC, for Assange, had said that as a result of the dropped investigation the UK warrant had 'lost its purpose and its function'.
Mr Summers said: 'This was at all stages an investigatory European Arrest Warrant in respect of which there never were any underlying charges, where Mr Assange lest Sweden lawfully in 2010 having been interviewed with the permission of the prosecutors.'
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