Assange denied bail as U.S. extradition lingers

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been denied bail by a London court on the grounds that he may be a flight risk - citing the seven years he spent evading authorities by hiding in Ecuador's embassy there.

The ruling came only days after he secured a victory in his effort to stop his extradition to the United States from Britain.

At the time a court ruled he should not be extradited because he'd be at risk of suicide, and after that victory he asked to be released on bail.

But the U.S. government is still pursuing him in the British legal system, though, and on Wednesday a judge at London's Westminster Magistrate's Court said, quote, "the outcome of this appeal is not yet known."

This was the reaction of his partner, Stella Moris, outside the court:

"This is a huge disappointment. Julian should not be in Belmarsh prison in the first place. I urge the Department of Justice to drop the charges and the President of the United States to pardon Julian. Thank you."

Assange has spent the last eight years either in prison or holed up in Ecuador's embassy.

He's accused of espionage against the United States and conspiracy to hack government computers.

Some of WikiLeaks' most notable leaks include the Hillary Clinton campaign emails in 2016, military logs from the war in Afghanistan, diplomatic cables, and the gun camera video of American attack helicopters killing a dozen people in Iraq in 2007, including two Reuters journalists.

Supporters of Assange say he's a hero for exposing what they believe are abuses of power by the United States. Opponents cast him as a dangerous man who's undermined the safety of the West.