Julian Assange won his right to appeal his extradition to the United States in a Jan. 24 decision by the United Kingdom’s High Court.
The High court ruling came after it previously overturned a lower court’s ruling in December, News.com.au reported.
The judges stated that they were not granting a right of appeal but that “Assange had the right to pursue the point of law in the highest court, which can decide whether to take the case,” according to News.com.au
Assange is wanted in the US for the “publication of 500,000 secret military files relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” via the Wikileaks website, News.com.au reported.
The documents Wikileaks revealed showed that the US military “killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents during the war in Afghanistan”. The leak also revealed that “66,000 civilians had been killed and prisoners tortured by Iraqi forces” the BBC reported.
“We are glad that Julian Assange will be allowed to apply to appeal his extradition in the UK’s Supreme Court,” said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney in a press release on the Committee to Protect Journalists website.
“The prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder in the United States would set a deeply harmful legal precedent that would allow the prosecution of reporters for news gathering activities and must be stopped”, said Mahoney.
Assange’s legal team now have “14 days to make the application to the Supreme Court” the BBC reported.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organisation that promotes press freedom worldwide cautiously welcomed the decision.
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