WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was on Monday given permission to appeal against a decision to extradite him to the United States. Washington wants to put the 50-year-old Australian on trial in connection with WikiLeaks’ publication of 500,000 secret military files relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The High Court in London in December overturned a lower court’s ruling not to send him to the United States on the grounds he would be a suicide risk. Lawyers for Assange then challenged the decision, arguing that the country’s highest court should rule on “points of law of general public importance”. “The respondent’s application to certify a point of law is granted,” said judges Ian Burnett and Timothy Holroyde in a written ruling.