According to the British authorities, Britain is obligated to comply with Sweden's request for extradition
Assange, who has not yet been indicted for any crime, is wanted for questioning in Sweden for allegedly having consensual sex with two women without using a condom. Assange has offered to be interrogated by Swedish authorities in Britain but this was refused.
Sweden issued a request to Britain for Assange to be extradited for questioning by Swedish police and Britain complied, holding Assange in prison before releasing him on bail with an electronic ankle bracelet.
After exhausting all avenues of appeal against his extradition in the British courts, Assange broke his bail on 19 June by walking into the Ecuadorian Embassy, where has remained until Ecuador decides whether it will grant him asylum. The decision is due to be announced at 10pm Australian east coast time.
As crowds of Assange supporters gathered around the Ecuadorian Embassy, there was a commensurate buildup of police surrounding the building.
Though he has not been charged with any crime, there can be no doubt that Assange is a political prisoner.
The so-called crime that Assange has allegedly committed in Sweden is not even considered a crime in Britain and is at worst a relatively minor offence in Sweden.
Assange is fearful that if he is extradited to Sweden, he will eventually end up in the hands of American authorities and then be extradited to the US. The evidence shows his fears are well grounded.
There have been calls from US political circles for Assange to assassinated, hunted down and treated as a terrorist.
Meanwhile, the Wikileaks website has been continuously attacked with DDOS bombardment, presumably by hackers working for the political establishment, to keep the site off the net.
Aside from anything else, the treatment of Assange by the British justice system has become a disturbing indictment on the deteriorating state of political freedom in the so-called free world.
If Assange is arrested and extradited to Sweden, which is probable, the world will be watching to see if freedom still truly exists or is now just an increasingly thin illusion.