WikiLeaks founder granted bail
December 14th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

WikiLeaks founder granted bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail on Tuesday by a British magistrate after a court hearing.

The 39-year-old Australian handed himself over London police last week to answer a European arrest warrant over alleged sex crimes in Sweden.

The judge denied Assange's first request for bail at a hearing on December 7 on the grounds that there was a risk he would fail to surrender.

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  1. RogerOver

    On what grounds did they justify detaining Assange for an entire week?

    Flight risk? He voluntarily surrendered.

    Fugitive of justice? He hasn't even been charged with a crime, was only wanted for questioning.

    It would appear that the American practice of detaining suspected criminals indefinitely, without cause, is catching on abroad.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Emile Zola

    What do you mean "granted bail." Since when a guy who has committed no crime is elegible for bail and why now? Something is definitely something or a lot rotten in America. The people who stand for democracy in jail and our war criminals retiring to green pastures to collect their pensions. Now, I'm all confused, are we really in America, the beautiful? It sure loks more like America, the ugly. This guy should be given a medal, not jail and those war criminals should be in jail, not in green pastures. O tempora, o mores!

    December 14, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Antonio

      He was arrested in england

      December 14, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • dAWG

      we will wach him closely when he bails out Hes a professional Hacker (international spy) too bad he made a boo boo when his toy demand for actions, got caught with no condom in use Screwball That he is Hes now U.S. A. enemy

      December 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron B.

      You're so wise. You're like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair.

      December 14, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Beautifully said,Emile. Thank you.

      December 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    I am glad my 10 ÂŁ contribution to bail helped.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. meee

    Who cares . people are sooo wimpy anymore i cant wait for the downfall

    December 14, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sally Michigan

    I smell a rat! Something is clearly not right here. Why was he held for a week???

    December 14, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ron B.

      Wow. Never ceases to amaze me. What cologne you gonna go with? London Gentleman, or wait. No, no, no. Hold on. Blackbeard's Delight.

      December 14, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • fthadems

      Yeah and it says that Muslim terrorist planned and pulled off a plot to kill more than 3000 Americans.

      December 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Boney

    Good, now somebody can finally take this b@stard down.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. the wicki

    Wait till the 9/11 wikileaks come out. That should be interesting.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ron B.

    Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. cmr

    who gives a crap? u cant shut tis guy up weather his locked up or not.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. pitter

    OKAY,,It took one week the deal to be done,,, Not a single word about 9 / 11,Or you rotten in Jail ,,
    Did he agree (?) We'll see ! ! !,

    December 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. EvlScientist

    I'm sure within a week he will 'accidentally die in a car accident.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boney

      Oh, that would be too good to be true! One can only hope.

      December 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeorgeFBush

      If he does, I am confident that a whistleblower will send evidence of who was responsible to any one of the many wikileaks replacements that have already sprouted up.

      What makes me laugh the hardest is how all the anti-wikileaks fools miss the fact that wikileaks and identical workalikes are now with us to stay. They are as permanent as the Internet itself. Jullian Assange is a tiny footnote in this great change that the Internet has wrought, which is that millions of individuals will now exchange information and closely scrutinize every single questionable or shady action made by so-called public officials, corporations, and governments. That's just the way it is. Get used to it.

      December 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @Boney. You're a prime example of why they call ours a sick society!!!

      December 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |

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