WikiLeaks’s Assange walks free on bail in London

Published by Google-News on Reuters, writing and additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Keith Weir, Stefano Ambrogi and Michael Holden in London and Mia Shanley in Stockholm, editing by Matthew Jones, Dec 16, 2010.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, walked free on bail from a British jail on Thursday protesting his innocence and pledging to continue exposing official secrets.

Assange spoke to a crowd of journalists and supporters waiting in outside the High Court in London five hours after a judge said he could be released on 200,000 pounds ($312,000) bail under stringent conditions … //

… Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens accused Swedish authorities of pursuing a vendetta against his client. He said the cell in London’s Wandsworth prison where Assange was held had once been occupied by the writer Oscar Wilde, who spent part of his sentence for gross indecency at the jail in the 1890s.

A full extradition hearing is expected in early February. (full long text).

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