But, Victory! The decision is in favor of Assange.
"Having concluded that there was a continuous deprivation of liberty, the Working Group also found that the detention was arbitrary because he was held in isolation during the first stage of detention and because of the lack of diligence by the Swedish Prosecutor in its investigations, which resulted in the lengthy detention of Mr. Assange," reads the UN report.
But, Will UK and Sweden Let Assange Leave the country?
- Sweden where he is facing sexual assault allegations, which he has always denied.
- The United States where he could face cyber espionage charges for publishing classified US military and diplomatic documents via his website Wikileaks.
Assange's Lawyer: Sweden and UK should Respect UN’s Decision
"If WGAD issues a positive determination, Mr. Assange expects the United Kingdom and Sweden to ensure that he can immediately exercise his right to personal liberty, in a manner which is consistent with his right to safety and protection from retaliatory acts associated with his groundbreaking work at WikiLeaks in exposing government violations and abuses," Taylor told Newsweek reporter.
- Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who was released in Iran last month.
- Former pro-democracy President Mohamed Nasheed freed in the Maldives last year.
- Burmese stateswoman Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in 2010.