Jan 24, 2022 - World

Julian Assange allowed to appeal U.S. extradition, U.K. court rules

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a prison van outside of a London court in May 2019.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a prison van outside of a London court in May 2019. Photo: Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's High Court ruled Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal a decision allowing him to be extradited to the United States to stand trial on espionage charges over the publication of classified documents, AP reports.

Why it matters: The ruling gives Assange another chance to avoid extradition and a potential sentence of up to 175 years in prison.

Yes, but: The U.K. Supreme Court still must agree to hear the case.

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