Wikileaks, Julian Assange Bail Hearing- Assange Gets Bail
Wikileaks Julian Assange Granted Bail: Julian Assange Bail Set At $315,000 | Sweden To Appeal
Update: Julian Assange Bail Hearing
Swedish prosecutors decide contrary to earlier reports to appeal against release on bail of #WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
A UK judge has granted Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks bail, setting it a 200,000 pounds or $315,000. The bail conditions for Julian Assange inlcude; wearing an electronic monitoring device, living at a registered address, report to police everyday and obey curfew limits.
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Lawyer Gemma Lindfield, acting on behalf of Swedish authorities, said she was likely to appeal the judge's decision.
Assange was returned to Wandsworth Prison, where he has been held since his arrest on Dec. 7, pending the appeal.
Julian Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden in connection to sexual offense charges. Assange denies the charges saying they are part of a smear campaign.
Julian Assange will remain free on bail until his extradition hearing in February.
n a written statement, Mr Assange responded: “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.”
American and other authorities have cracked down on WikiLeaks and Mr Assange since the site started publishing thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables that have embarrassed the United States and other parties around the world.
Despite this, Mr Assange’s biggest blast was saved for the world’s major finance companies who suspended payments to the not-for-profit site.
“We now know that Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and others are instruments of US foreign policy,” he said.
“It's not something we knew before.
However, Julian Assange is not exactly free to go. Though a judge has granted Julian Assange bail now it is up to the lawyer of Julian Assange to raise the bail money.
Previously, prominent figures have agreed to step and post bail for Julian Assange inlcuding socialite Jemima Khan and film maker Ken Loach.
Several supporters have offered to assist in paying Assange's bail, most recently including documentary filmmaker Michael Moore who pledged 20,000 pounds.
It is expected Julian Assange will have to spend one more night in jail before his bail is posted.