Julian Assange December 2011WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange managed to prolong his stay in Britain today, winning the right to petition the Supreme Court to hear his case against extradition to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes.

This morning, two High Court judges in London ruled that Assange’s case raised a question of “general public importance,” meaning that he now has 14 days to lodge a written appeal to the highest court in Britain. The Supreme Court will then decide whether or not to hear his appeal.

The ruling represented a key milestone for Assange who, if he had lost, would have been extradited to Sweden within 10 days, where his alleged crimes include rape, unlawful coercion, and sexual molestation.

Speaking to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Assange said: “I think that is the correct decision and I am thankful. The long struggle for justice for me and for others continues.”

More in the video below.