Still, the judge said he respected the supporters for acting against their own self- interest in refraining from urging Assange to surrender.
"They have acted on their beliefs and principles throughout," Riddle said. "In what is sometimes considered to be a selfish age, that is admirable."
The other backers of Assange include retired professor Tricia David, Nobel Prize-winning scientist John Sulston, journalist Philip Knightley, Lady Caroline Evans, friend Sarah Saunders, Joseph Farrell, Sarah Harrison and Tracy Worcester.
Talks between British and Ecuadorean officials to resolve the deadlock over Assange's fate have not been fruitful. British officials say Assange will be arrested if he steps outside the embassy.
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