WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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British police have said they still plan to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Police said Thursday that earlier announced plans to take Assange into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant were still in place.

That announcement was made in October when police removed the round-the-clock guard at the embassy, but said overt and covert means would still be used against Assange.

He is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct.

A U.N. panel is to rule Friday on whether the treatment of Assange has been fair. (AP)

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A supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard during a gathering outside the Ecuador embassy in London, Britain June 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
A supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard during a gathering outside the Ecuador embassy in London
A supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard during a gathering outside the Ecuador embassy in London, Britain June 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (R) talks to Christine Assange (L), mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, during a meeting at Carondelet Palace in Quito August 1, 2012. Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London for nearly six weeks as he awaits a decision on his asylum request by the leftist government of Rafael Correa. (REUTERS/Kevin Granja)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (R) talks to Christine Assange (L), mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, during a meeting at Carondelet Palace in Quito August 1, 2012. Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London for nearly six weeks as he awaits a decision on his asylum request by the leftist government of Rafael Correa. (REUTERS/Kevin Granja)
A student of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) holds a poster bearing pictures of U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (L-R) in front of military police during a protest against Sao Paulo State Governor Geraldo Alckmin, in Sao Paulo October 9, 2013. The banner reads "Freedom to Snowden" (top) and "Democracy in the streets and social networks". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION)
University student holds a poster in front of military police during a protest against Sao Paulo State Governor Alckmin, in Sao Paulo
A student of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) holds a poster bearing pictures of U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (L-R) in front of military police during a protest against Sao Paulo State Governor Geraldo Alckmin, in Sao Paulo October 9, 2013. The banner reads "Freedom to Snowden" (top) and "Democracy in the streets and social networks". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION)
Extra police reinforcements arrive before a speech at the balcony (R) by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of Ecuador's embassy, where he is taking refuge in London in this file photo taken August 19, 2012. The Metropolitan Police have announced they are withdrawing their round the clock guard of the embassy. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Extra police reinforcements arrive before a speech at the balcony by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of Ecuador's embassy, where he is taking refuge in London
Extra police reinforcements arrive before a speech at the balcony (R) by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of Ecuador's embassy, where he is taking refuge in London in this file photo taken August 19, 2012. The Metropolitan Police have announced they are withdrawing their round the clock guard of the embassy. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London in this August 19, 2012 file photo. Ecuador has asked Sweden to submit a new application over the questioning of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London, Swedish prosecutors said on February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files
File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London in this August 19, 2012 file photo. Ecuador has asked Sweden to submit a new application over the questioning of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London, Swedish prosecutors said on February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files
British police officers arrest a protesters in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the front of Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, London, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered the embassy in June in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
British police officers arrest a protesters in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the front of Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, London, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered the embassy in June in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
British police officers arrest a protesters in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the front of Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, London, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered the embassy in June in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, Friday, June 22, 2012. Assange entered the embassy on Monday in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. In a telephone interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from inside the embassy, the 40-year-old Australian said he did not know when the decision would be made. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, Friday, June 22, 2012. Assange entered the embassy on Monday in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. In a telephone interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from inside the embassy, the 40-year-old Australian said he did not know when the decision would be made. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, Friday, June 22, 2012. Assange entered the embassy on Monday in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. In a telephone interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from inside the embassy, the 40-year-old Australian said he did not know when the decision would be made. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up CD's containing data on offshore bank account holders, which he received from former Swiss private banker Rudolf Elmer at the Frontline club in London, January 17, 2011. A former Swiss private banker handed over data on hundreds of offshore bank account holders to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a news conference on Monday. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up CD's containing data on offshore bank account holders, which he received from former Swiss private banker Rudolf Elmer at the Frontline club in London, January 17, 2011. A former Swiss private banker handed over data on hundreds of offshore bank account holders to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a news conference on Monday. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett)
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stand outside Ecuador's embassy in central London June 16, 2013. Assange sought asylum in the embassy on June 19, 2012, in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden. (REUTERS/Chris Helgren)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stand outside Ecuador's embassy in central London June 16, 2013. Assange sought asylum in the embassy on June 19, 2012, in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden. (REUTERS/Chris Helgren)
WikiLeaks supporters wear masks of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and a mask of the "Anonymous" internet activist group during a demonstration calling for the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Malaga, southern Spain December 11, 2010. The WikiLeaks website has released a trove of U.S. State Department cables exposing the inner workings of American diplomacy, including candid and embarrassing assessments of world leaders. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks supporters wear masks of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and a mask of the "Anonymous" internet activist group during a demonstration calling for the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Malaga, southern Spain December 11, 2010. The WikiLeaks website has released a trove of U.S. State Department cables exposing the inner workings of American diplomacy, including candid and embarrassing assessments of world leaders. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca)
FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. file photo of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks as he speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has asked Swedish police to investigate what happened to a suitcase he suspects was stolen from him when he traveled from Sweden to Germany in 2010. Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, says he filed a criminal complaint with an affidavit by Assange to police at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. file photo of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks as he speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has asked Swedish police to investigate what happened to a suitcase he suspects was stolen from him when he traveled from Sweden to Germany in 2010. Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, says he filed a criminal complaint with an affidavit by Assange to police at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. file photo of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks as he speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has asked Swedish police to investigate what happened to a suitcase he suspects was stolen from him when he traveled from Sweden to Germany in 2010. Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, says he filed a criminal complaint with an affidavit by Assange to police at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Former Swiss private banker Rudolf Elmer gestures during a Reuters interview in Zurich September 13, 2011. Elmer, who handed over data on hundreds of offshore bank account holders to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was accused of breaching the bank secrecy of his former employer Swiss bank Julius Baer. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Former Swiss private banker Rudolf Elmer gestures during a Reuters interview in Zurich September 13, 2011. Elmer, who handed over data on hundreds of offshore bank account holders to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was accused of breaching the bank secrecy of his former employer Swiss bank Julius Baer. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (L) is driven from the High Court, in London December 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (L) is driven from the High Court, in London December 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A wanted page for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the Interpol Internet website taken December 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Tim Chong)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
A wanted page for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the Interpol Internet website taken December 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Tim Chong)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm August 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm August 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson)
People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)
U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is escorted into court to receive his sentence at Fort Meade in Maryland August 21, 2013. Manning, who was convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history, will be told on Wednesday how much of his life will be spent in a military prison. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is escorted into court to receive his sentence at Fort Meade in Maryland August 21, 2013. Manning, who was convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history, will be told on Wednesday how much of his life will be spent in a military prison. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
This image captured from a classified U.S. military video footage shows Iraqis being shot from an U.S. Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff on July 12, 2007, and released to Reuters on April 5, 2010 by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in the incident. The helicopter initially opens fire on the small group. Minutes later a van comes by, and starts assisting the wounded, and the helicopter opens fire on the van. (REUTERS/WikiLeaks)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
This image captured from a classified U.S. military video footage shows Iraqis being shot from an U.S. Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff on July 12, 2007, and released to Reuters on April 5, 2010 by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in the incident. The helicopter initially opens fire on the small group. Minutes later a van comes by, and starts assisting the wounded, and the helicopter opens fire on the van. (REUTERS/WikiLeaks)
Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen smiles in Baghdad in this recent file photo. Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh were killed in eastern Baghdad on July 12, 2007 in what police said was American military action and which witnesses described as a helicopter attack. (REUTERS/Courtesy of AP-Khalid Mohammed)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen smiles in Baghdad in this recent file photo. Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh were killed in eastern Baghdad on July 12, 2007 in what police said was American military action and which witnesses described as a helicopter attack. (REUTERS/Courtesy of AP-Khalid Mohammed)
This image captured from a classified U.S. military video footage shows a wounded Iraqi person being loaded onto a van during a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff on July 12, 2007, and released to Reuters on April 5, 2010 by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in the incident. The helicopter initially opens fire on the small group. Minutes later a van comes by, and starts assisting the wounded, and the helicopter opens fire on the van. (REUTERS/WikiLeaks)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
This image captured from a classified U.S. military video footage shows a wounded Iraqi person being loaded onto a van during a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff on July 12, 2007, and released to Reuters on April 5, 2010 by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in the incident. The helicopter initially opens fire on the small group. Minutes later a van comes by, and starts assisting the wounded, and the helicopter opens fire on the van. (REUTERS/WikiLeaks)
A combination photo shows driver Saeed Chmagh (L) and photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen who worked for Reuters in Iraq. The Iraqi photographer and driver were killed in eastern Baghdad on July 12, 2007 in what police said was American military action and which witnesses described as a helicopter attack. (REUTERS)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
A combination photo shows driver Saeed Chmagh (L) and photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen who worked for Reuters in Iraq. The Iraqi photographer and driver were killed in eastern Baghdad on July 12, 2007 in what police said was American military action and which witnesses described as a helicopter attack. (REUTERS)
This image captured from a classified U.S. military video footage shows a van being attacked by U.S. Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff on July 12, 2007 and released to Reuters on April 5, 2010 by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in the incident. The helicopter initially opens fire on the small group. Minutes later a van comes by, and starts assisting the wounded, and the helicopter opens fire on the van. (REUTERS/WikiLeaks)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
This image captured from a classified U.S. military video footage shows a van being attacked by U.S. Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff on July 12, 2007 and released to Reuters on April 5, 2010 by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in the incident. The helicopter initially opens fire on the small group. Minutes later a van comes by, and starts assisting the wounded, and the helicopter opens fire on the van. (REUTERS/WikiLeaks)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pauses as he speaks to the media outside Ellingham Hall, the home of his friend, journalist Vaughan Smith, in Norfolk, England December 17, 2010. Assange said on Friday that he and his organisation faced an aggressive investigation by U.S. authorities after the website released secret diplomatic cables. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pauses as he speaks to the media outside Ellingham Hall, the home of his friend, journalist Vaughan Smith, in Norfolk, England December 17, 2010. Assange said on Friday that he and his organisation faced an aggressive investigation by U.S. authorities after the website released secret diplomatic cables. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett)

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