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Wikileaks founder allowed to appeal extradition ruling

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, London

A moment of celebration for supporters of Julian Assange; another chance at preventing his extradition to the United States on espionage charges.

In December last year, judges in this court decided there was no ground to believe Assange was a clear suicide risk which an earlier ruling had found to be the case.

Also last year, US government lawyers gave assurances Assange would not be treated inhumanely if extradited; assurances Assange’s legal team and supporters find hard to believe.

The US wants Assange to face trial over the release in 2010 of thousands of classified military documents relating to US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rights groups have denounced his treatment and described it as a serious threat to press freedom.

Monday's decision was a partial victory for the campaign to release Julian Assange. It's now up to the Supreme Court to decide if it will hear Assange's appeal. But until that happens, the fight to win his freedom is on.


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