by Jake Johnson
partner of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,
speaks outside the High Court in London
on January 24, 2022.
(Photo: Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images)
as this case isn't dropped,
as long as
Julian isn't freed,
Moris, Assange's fiancée.
A U.K. court ruled Monday that
Julian Assange can appeal a
December decision permitting his extradition to the United States,
where the Department of Justice is attempting to prosecute the
journalist for publishing classified information that exposed war
"What happened in
court today is precisely what we wanted to happen,"
Stella Moris, Assange's
fiancée, said during a press conference outside the Royal Courts
in central London following the decision.
"Make no mistake, we
won today in court."
"But let's not forget that every time we win, as long as this
case isn't dropped, as long as Julian isn't freed, Julian
continues to suffer," Moris added.
"He is suffering
profoundly, day after day, week after week, year after year.
Julian has to be
freed, and we hope that this will soon end."
Assange has been imprisoned at a high-security London jail
since 2019, under conditions that experts and rights
groups have denounced as torturous and a violation of international
For years, Assange and his legal team have been fighting attempts by
the U.S. to extradite him to face charges under the Espionage Act.
Because the charges stem
from a common journalistic practice - the publication of
classified information - advocacy groups have warned that the
U.S. prosecution of Assange poses a severe threat to press freedoms
"Journalism is not a
crime," British Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, founder of the
Peace and Justice Project, said Monday.
crimes of U.S. empire in
Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.
The perpetrators of these crimes walk free, often still
prominent public figures in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere.
They should be held
accountable for the lives they destroyed and the futures they
The court's decision
Monday paved the way for Assange to appeal the U.S. extradition
attempt - which began under the
Trump administration and has
continued under President
Joe Biden - before the British Supreme Court.
The court must agree to
accept the case before the appeal process can move forward.
Robert Mahoney, deputy
executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists,
said in a statement Monday that,
"we are glad that
Julian Assange will be allowed to apply to appeal his
extradition in the U.K.'s Supreme Court."
"The prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder in the United States
would set a deeply harmful legal precedent that would allow the
prosecution of reporters for news gathering activities and must
be stopped," said Mahoney.
encourage the U.S. Justice Department to halt extradition
proceedings and drop all charges against Assange."