Judge upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

Wednesday wasn't a great day for Julian Assange.

He was delivered a package of suspicious white powder and a London judge upheld his UK arrest warrant.

But that said, the last 2059 days haven't been so cheery either since he stowed himself away in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

"For seven long years we have been fighting for Mr Assange's liberty without change," said Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson.

"Today we finally had the opportunity to put before this court the background to this case."

That's the positive spin on the bad news about the warrant.

If he walks out the doors of the Embassy he faces arrest for skipping bail over sexual assault allegations which have since been dropped.

"We all hope that this situation will come to an end very soon and we look forward to the decision next week which will be the next step towards resolving it," said Ms Robinson.

His lawyers are now fighting to have the warrant scrapped completely.

Arguing that, although voluntary, living in the Embassy is "akin to imprisonment" and "adequate, if not severe, punishment for the actions he took".

They say Assange is in "constant physical pain" and is "severely depressed".

His chief fear is extradition to the United States, where he could face up to 45 years in jail for the Wikileaks release of top secret government documents.

"It is time to provide an assurance against extradition so that this untenable situation can end," said Ms Robinson.

So the saga continues, even if the judge rules in his favour next week, Assange will not leave the Embassy until he's certain he won't be arrested and bundled off to the US.

Getting that kind of commitment from the British government seems improbable if not impossible.