The British Supreme Court ruled moments ago that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest warrant is valid, and that he may be extradited to Sweden to face official questioning on allegations of rape.
It’s important to note that today’s ruling did not concern itself with the specifics of the allegations against him. Those issues were addressed by a lower court, which found that the acts Assange is alleged to have committed would be illegal, and would in some cases be considered rape, under British law.
Today’s ruling addressed the narrow question of whether the Swedish prosecutors who have requested Assange’s extradition constitute a legitimate “judicial authority,” and the court ruled that it did. Assange’s lawyers have been given two weeks to file any further appeals they may wish to lodge.