The British government has long argued that it is obliged to respond to an arrest warrant issued by a court in Sweden, where Julian Assange is wanted for questioning over a rape allegation.

For its part, the Swedish government has countered that a decision by a UN panel that Assange's freedom of movement should be restored has no formal impact on the investigation under Swedish law.

Assange is a computer hacker who enraged the United States by publishing online hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks, a website he founded.

A US grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks is ongoing.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London since June 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden.

So what is next for Assange? And is politics at play in this legal saga?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Alan Jones - Press Association journalist

Carey Shenkman - US lawyer

Peter Tatchell - Campaigner with WiseUp group

Source: Al Jazeera