On Monday, a British court ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could appeal his ordered delivery to the United States.
Assange, 50, has been accused by US authorities of helping former intelligence analysts obtain sensitive information before disclosing information to WikiLeaks. ..
Last year, the London High Court said that guarantees by U.S. authorities were sufficient to ensure that Assange was treated humanely, overturning the lower court’s decision to send Assange to the U.S. “repressive.” It was decided that it was. Assange appealed the latest ruling a few days later.
In a ruling released Monday, the High Court stated that Assange could appeal to the British Supreme Court, but only if the court agreed.
“Respondents’ applications to prove the points of the law are accepted,” the judge said in their statement.
They addressed the question of whether the High Court could rely on US guarantees. AssangeThe treatment, which was not given in the first proceeding, was a subject that his legal team could seek clarification.
“Whether the issue requires ventilation in that court is an appropriate issue for that decision. We take steps to encourage the Supreme Court Registrar to consider a vacation request for subsequent appeals. I invite you in honor of you. “
Assange has 14 days to submit the application to the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court decides not to hear his appeal, the delivery may be approved by the Minister of Interior and the decision may be subject to legal opposition.
“No doubt, I won the court today,” Assange’s fiancé Stella Morris told reporters.
“Our fight continues, and we will fight this until Julian is free,” she added.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement, repeating that position shared by other civil rights groups, welcomed the ruling that US prosecutors should withdraw all charges against Assange.
The founder of WikiLeaks is described by Amnesty International as the first publisher to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Proponents say WikiLeaks’ disclosure of confidential documents is protected by US and international law.
US officials defended the indictment, claiming Assange was not a journalist.
“this [was] As alleged in the indictment, it was revealed by the whole of his actions. In other words, we collaborated with security clearance holders to help them obtain sensitive information and disclosed the names of human sources.Security told reporters in 2019
Tom Ozimek and Reuters contributed to this report.