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WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has been given permission to make an appeal to the British Supreme Court to hear an appeal against his extradition to the US.

But he did not win on all the points raised by his legal team; the High Court on Monday turned down his request for a direct appeal to the Supreme Court, but said the latter court could now determine if it would hear the challenge.

One of three points raised by Assange's lawyers was granted: whether the High Court should have accepted assurances given the US Government about his treatment during a trial were he extradited.

The team had asked: "In what circumstances can an appellate court receive assurances from a requesting state which were not before the court of first instance in extradition proceeding?"

The High Court said it was not apparent that the Supreme Court had considered this question and granted Assange's team permission to make an application to clarify this point.

On 10 December 2021, a two-bench High Court panel reversed a 4 January lower court verdict to deny the US the right to extradite Assange to try him on criminal charges in Washington.

British District Judge Vanessa Baraister had ruled that Assange should not be extradited, saying the risk he would commit suicide in a US jail was too high.

Assange faces criminal charges in the US for publishing classified information that was leaked to WikiLeaks by an American soldier, then known as Bradley Manning, but now, after gender reassignment surgery, known as Chelsea Manning.

While Assange's partner Stella Moris painted this as a victory, WikiLeaks official Kristinn Hrafnsson described it as a partial victory.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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