BREAKING: victory for Julian Assange, wins right to full appeal

A London court ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal the United Kingdom’s government’s extradition order to the U.S.

The 52-year-old who has been held the past five years in London’s Belmarsh prison has been facing extradition to the U.S. on 17 espionage charges and High Court judges Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson ruled Monday that he can now challenge that.

“His legal team made the case that Assange could be discriminated against on the basis of his nationality, as an Australian-born foreign national,” CNN reported. “In a short ruling, the judges said the US submissions were not sufficient, granting Assange permission to a full appeal in relation to the points on freedom of speech and nationality.”

Assange’s supporters and family celebrated the news as reports reached crowds gathered in anticipation of the ruling.

Frieda Powers

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