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Edmund Dantes
12/05/11, 01:17 PM
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted the right to ask the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court to overturn an order extraditing him to Sweden, where he’s being investigated on rape charges. (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/assange-supreme-court/)

A High Court said on Monday that it felt “constrained” to say that the case raised “a question of general public importance” beyond Assange’s individual circumstances but decided that Assange may proceed to ask the Supreme Court for permission to appeal his extradition ruling, according to the BBC. However, one of the High Court judges asserted that Assange’s chance of succeeding in the Supreme Court was “extraordinarily slim.”

Last February, Assange lost an effort to fight extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sex-crimes allegations. He appealed that decision, but a High Court rejected that appeal last month. An appeal to the Supreme Court is his last chance to fight the extradition.

Assange has not been charged with any crime in Sweden, and used that fact as his primary defense in his earlier appeal to the High Court.