Two British High Court judges have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the right to ask the Supreme Court to hear his case.
Assange made the request with the High Court after losing an appeal there last month.
Facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, Assange now has 14 days to formally lodge his appeal, although the Supreme Court can still choose not to hear it.
The Australian has been battling extradition for a year, since being arrested in England last December, following accusations by two former WikiLeaks volunteers in August 2010.
With Christmas just around the corner, the case is now expected to stretch into 2012.