Julian Assange wins leave to seek appeal

The decision: see text

The Court decision

JULIAN ASSANGE has been granted leave by the High Court to apply to the UK Supreme Court for leave to appeal the decision that he should be extradited to the US.

Confused? It's not even necessarily deliberate: it's just how last-ditch appeals work.

As the Freelance understands it he can apply to appeal on the following specific point of law:

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?

Assange's partner Stella Morris told Press Gazette: "What happened in court today is precisely what we wanted to happen."

Assange faces charges under the US Espionage Act. If convicted there, he faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. The charges relate to disclosures by WikiLeaks of diplomatic cables from US embassies and of the "Pentagon Logs" detailing war crimes by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.