After more than a decade spent trying to avoid extradition from the UK, Julian Assange is running out of time and options.
But with the election of a new government in his native Australia last month, his supporters hope he has a new, powerful ally.
The Wikileaks founder is wanted in the US over classified documents leaked in 2010 and 2011, which it says broke the law and endangered lives.
But Mr Assange's supporters say the reports exposed US wrongdoing in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and were in the public interest.
After a long legal battle in the UK, the courts in April referred the US extradition request to the Home Secretary for her final decision.
Priti Patel has until 19 June - exactly 10 years since Mr Assange was last free - to make it.
"At this point, until Priti Patel signs off, it is entirely political. And so it's open to a political solution," says Mr Assange's brother, Gabriel Shipton.
Mr Albanese - a signatory to the Bring Julian Assange Home Campaign petition - last year said the 50-year-old should be freed.
"Enough is enough," he said at a party room meeting.
"I don't have sympathy for many of his actions but essentially I can't see what is served by keeping him incarcerated."
But since taking office Mr Albanese has been coy on what action his government will take on the matter.
When asked about Mr Assange at a press conference last week, he said "not all foreign affairs is best done with the loud hailer".
The comment has buoyed Mr Assange's family, with Mr Shipton saying it represents a huge shift from the position of previous governments.
"[They] have always said 'Julian is receiving consular assistance' and said things like 'this as a matter of for the UK courts and the government cannot interfere'."
"[They] have become complicit in Julian's persecution and imprisonment by sitting on their hands."
He says the family is finally confident Australia is having conversations "behind closed doors", which they hope could be pivotal.
Donald Rothwell, a professor of international law, agrees the Albanese government's election presents a "reset" opportunity and says any intervention could have sway.
Though there has been little transparency, Australia's previous government seemingly did not seek to raise the matter at a high level, he says.
It's a particularly sensitive problem as it involves two of Australia's closest allies and - as the previous government often pointed out - it is a legal matter.
"To degree, they're right," says Prof Rothwell, from Australian National University.
"That doesn't mean to say that - at this very pointy end - the Australian government is not able to start to make political representations."
Mr Albanese is seen as likely to quietly appeal to both the UK and US through diplomatic channels.
"There was some speculation that the Biden presidency could see the government take a different view on Assange," Prof Rothwell says.
"There's really been no indication. But it needs to be understood that the power to halt this matter clearly rests with President Biden. The US could end it tomorrow."
UK precedent to deny request
In 2000 the UK decided that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet should not be extradited to Spain to face charges over human rights violations on health grounds.
So regardless of any Australian pressure "there is a significant precedent in another very, very high profile matter," Prof Rothwell says.
And in 2012, the UK refused a US extradition request for British computer hacker Gary McKinnon, judging it to be "incompatible with his human rights".
"He had similar depression and Asperger's syndrome as Julian and Theresa May rejected that extradition because the care that he needed he would not be able to get in the US prison system," Mr Shipton says.