Wikileaks Founder Granted Bail

The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has been granted bail in London.

Julian Assange, 39, will however remain in custody as prosecutors have two hours to lodge an appeal.

The Australian is currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexually assaulting two women.

As part of the bail conditions, Mr Assange needs to provide a security of £200,000 to the court, with a further £40,000 guaranteed in two sureties of £20,000 each.

He will have a curfew at an address in Suffolk, wear an electronic tag and report to a local police station every evening. Under bail conditions, he will also have to give up his passport.

Mr Assange has recently criticised those who have cut off funds to his controversial website.

After being arrested over allegations of sex offences last week, he issued a statement given to his mother Christine from his cell at Wandsworth jail.

He said: "My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have expressed.

"This circumstance shall not shake them. If anything this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.

"We now know that Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and others are instruments of US foreign policy. It's not something we knew before.

"I am calling for the world to protect my work and my people from these illegal and immoral attacks."

Those supporting Wikileaks and Assange's efforts have attempted to bring down websites such as PayPal, Visa and Amazon due to refusing to process donations to the site.

The Swedish authorities, who warranted his arrest, are now pushing for his extradition to Stockholm.

Today's developments come as the latest WikiLeaks cables suggest British police helped "develop" evidence against Madeleine McCann's parents as they were being investigated by Portuguese authorities regarding their daughter's disappearance.

The cables have also revealed that the US was concerned that the UK was struggling to cope with homegrown extremism in the wake of the July 7 bomb attacks in London.

Mr Assange is due to return to court on 11 January.


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