UN PANEL says Julian Assange should be freed and compensated. Assange, 44, has been in exile at London’s Ecuadorian embassy since 2012. Sweden has issued an arrest warrant on Assange for alleged sexual assault. Assange fears he will extradited to the US. The wiki leaks founder released classified US documents. Despite the UN’s findings, the UK says he still faces arrest whilst Sweden says the UN panel holds no legal basis.