WikiLeaks Founder Released on Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, was released from British custody on bail Thursday.

Assange, 39, appeared before the press and cheering supporters after a judge dismissed him on 200,000 pounds ($312,000) bail.


“It’s great to smell fresh air of London again,” the Australian founder of the controversial whistle-blowing website told the crowd, according to Reuters.

“I hope to continue my work and continue to protest my innocence in this matter and to reveal as we get it, which we have not yet, the evidence from these allegations,” he added.

As a condition of bail, Assange is off to a 10-room country home in eastern England owned by a WikiLeaks supporter. The mansion, called Ellingham Hall, has a fast internet connection that will allow Assange to continue working on his website, The Associated Press reported.

Assange must keep to a curfew, report to police daily, and wear an electronic tag, Reuters said.

He will return to court for a full extradition hearing in early February.

Last month, WikiLeaks released a cache of 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. U.S. authorities claimed the leak damaged international relations.


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