WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released on bail

14 Dec 2010

News is emerging that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail with conditions while he waits for a decision on his possible extradition to Sweden.

Many reporters have been tweeting the event in the London courtroom where the hearing is happening.

Assange’s supporters, including director Ken Loach, heiress Jemima Khan and journalist John Pilger, have put up more than US$300,000 in bail and his lawyer says he will accept an electronic tag, a curfew and travel restrictions.

Assange was arrested not for his leaking of diplomatic cables online at WikiLeaks, but for alleged sex crimes in Sweden. He was placed under police custody in the UK.

However, reports are emerging that he may remain in jail for another 48 hours after prosecutors filed an appeal against his release.

Earlier today, Assange said his arrest will not stop him from continuing his work with WikiLeaks.

“My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have always expressed,” he said in a statement.

“These circumstances shall not shake them. If anything, this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.”

He also blasted companies who denied WikiLeaks their services, such as PayPal and Amazon, as being “instruments of US foreign policy.”