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WikiLeaks found Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balacony of the Embassy of Ecuador in 2017. Photo: Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The British High Court has granted the U.S. government permission to appeal a decision that barred the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Wednesday.

Why it matters: Wednesday's decision comes months after a lower court judge ruled against the request to have Assange sent to the United States to stand trial for charges of espionage. The judge denied the request on health grounds, saying Assange would likely attempt to kill himself if held in U.S. custody.

The big picture: Assange is charged with 18 federal crimes in the U.S., including violating the Espionage Act and hacking government computers.

  • The U.S. case has raised significant questions about First Amendment protections for publishers of classified information, as Assange argues he was acting as a journalist when he published leaked military and diplomatic documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • As of yet, no date has been set for the High Court hearing in the U.K., per the Washington Post.
  • Assange is currently incarcerated in London’s Belmarsh prison, where he has been since Ecuador revoked his political asylum in 2019. He had spent nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London before he was arrested for skipping bail in a separate legal matter.

What they're saying: "I am appealing directly to the Biden government to do the right thing, even at this late stage," Stella Moris, Assange's fiancée, said Wednesday, per AP.

  • "This case should not be dragged out for a moment longer. End this prosecution, protect free speech and let Julian come home to his family," she added.

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FTX doesn't look much like a company valued at $25 billion. Its new headquarters, located in a sleepy part of The Bahamas, is so nondescript as to not even have a sign. But it does expect to soon have neighbors.

Driving the news: Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tells "Axios on HBO" to expect "more and more crypto flight from the states" if the U.S. doesn't soon create a regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies.

Developed countries reveal $100 billion climate finance plan ahead of COP26

Alok Sharma, head of the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, speaks in Paris on Oct. 12. ( Li Yang/China News Service via Getty Images)

After 12 years of fits and starts, industrialized nations on Monday put forward a detailed plan to provide at least $100 billion annually in climate aid to developing countries starting by 2023.

Why it matters: The plan, presented by representatives of Canada and Germany, is aimed at defusing one of the biggest sources of tension at COP26, which is the failure of industrialized nations to follow through on their financial commitments.

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Moderna says COVID vaccine shows strong immune response in kids

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Moderna on Monday released trial results for its coronavirus vaccine for children aged 6 to 11, saying it provides a "robust" immune response after two doses.

Why it matters: Moderna said it will officially submit the results to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization in "the near term," meaning we could soon see two coronavirus vaccines available to protect approximately 28 million more kids in the U.S.