The British High Court has granted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s request to be able to appeal his extradition to the United States.
Assange faces charges in the US under the Espionage Act for his publication of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs. If convicted he could face a maximum sentence of 175 years for the “crime” of publishing material that the US government did not want the population to know.
On Monday, the court ruled that Assange’s request to certify a point of law was legitimate.
“The point of law certified is: In what circumstances can an appellate court receive assurances from a requesting state which were not before the court of first instance in extradition proceedings,” court documents read.
British High Court Grants Julian Assange Permission to Appeal Extradition to the US