@Doctor Syntax ... Re: Does he yet have a ticket to the USA ?
First you need probable cause to convene a grand jury to indict him.
Then you need to get an extradition order to whatever country is after him. It takes time.
But lets focus on reality.
Assange is a smelly git who forced him on a couple of Swedish girls who in their country can cry rape because no means no. When they say no sex without a condom, and you don't have a condom, its rape.
When you try to wake your partner by performing intercourse... its rape because she wasn't awake to provide consent.
That's why he fled Sweden. And this all came out during his first extradition hearing. Had he done these acts in the UK, maybe one act would have been illegal in the UK, which is irrelevant because of the EAW treaty.
The whole US is after me thing... done to protect his image and because he is paranoid.
That said, the US could have been after him if they have evidence he was involved in the actual theft made by Manning. That would remove the shield he has for publishing the leaks.
In terms of being out of the US hands... in Sweden he was safe. In the UK he would have been safe. Its not until he broke the laws in those countries that he would force him back to Australia where they would have handed him over easily.
He did the runner because he didn't want to go to jail for rape.
The US was 'ignoring' him and still is for the most part. There is a rumor of a sealed Grand Jury indictment, but no official extradition request.