Judge Rejects Appeal, Grants Assange Bail

The WikiLeaks founder will be freed from jail
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 16, 2010 7:24 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2010 7:58 AM CST
Judge Rejects Appeal, Grants Assange Bail
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will reportedly stay at the house, located in it's 650-acre grounds, as part of his bail conditions.   (Matt Dunham)

A UK judge has rejected an appeal and granted bail to Julian Assange, who will be freed from the British jail where he's been held since Dec. 7. The Guardian notes that there was an early indication things would go Assange's way after High Court justice Duncan Ouseley commented that "the history of the way it [the case] has been dealt with by the Swedish prosecutors would give Mr. Assange some basis that he might be acquitted following a trial."

It also notes that, contrary to prior reports, the decision to oppose bail was made by British authorities, not Swedish. The Swedish prosecutor's office told the Guardian it didn't have "a view at all on bail." Click to read about his bail conditions. (More WikiLeaks stories.)

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