WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday appealed to Britain’s Supreme Court against a lower court ruling earlier in December that effectively allowed him to be extradited to the United States.
U.S. authorities have charged 50-year-old Australian-born Assange with 18 counts of leaking WikiLeaks secret US military files and diplomatic telegrams, which they say endangered lives.
On December 10, Assange found himself one step closer to being extradited and tried in the United States, as Washington won an appeal seeking the annulment of a previous court ruling banning his extradition.
The London High Court has said it is satisfied with assurances from the United States about Assange’s detention conditions, including a commitment not to be held in the ADX High Security Prison in Colorado and that if convicted he could serve his sentence. in Australia.
Assange’s fiancée, Stella Morris, said after the London court ruling that his ruling raises three issues of public importance that have an impact on procedural safeguards and human rights in a wide range of other types of cases.
“Under English law, in order to have the opportunity to hear an application from the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court judges themselves, who ordered the extradition of Julian Assange, must first certify that at least one of the Supreme Court’s grounds of appeal “It falls under the law of public importance,” she said in a statement.
She added that the appeal is currently being considered by the judges of the High Court of London, while its decision is not expected before the third week of January.