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Assange wins right to appeal extradition

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Assange wins right to appeal extradition


A court in Britain has ruled that Julian Assange, the founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, can appeal an earlier decision allowing his extradition to Sweden.

The Swedes want to question Assange about accusations of sexual assault made by two former Wikileaks volunteers.

He denies any wrong-doing and can now take his fight against extradition to Britain’s Supreme Court, the highest legal authority in the country.

Assange has been living in Britain since his arrest one year ago and spent nine days in prison before being released on bail.

He claims the allegations against him are politically motivated. His arrest came shortly after Wikileaks published thousands of secret US diplomatic cables on the internet. The papers included candid assessments of security threats.

Assange now has 14 days in which to formally lodge his appeal.

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