WikiLeaks founder Assange released from jail
December 16th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

WikiLeaks founder Assange released from jail

[Updated at 1:04 p.m.] Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks, walked out of London's High Court after being freed on bail Thursday, nine days after he was arrested for questioning about alleged sex crimes in Sweden.

Assange was kept in solitary confinement in Wandsworth Prison in London, he confirmed Thursday after being freed on bail.

He said his time in solitary confinement gave him time "to reflect on the condition of those people around the world also in solitary confinement... in positions that are more difficult than those faced by me. Those people... also need your attention and support."

He also hailed the British justice system Thursday saying "if justice is not always an outcome ... at least it is not dead yet."

[Updated at 8:39 a.m.] WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted bail by a court in London Thursday.

Assange "clearly has some desire to clear his name" of sex crime allegations he is facing in Sweden, making it less likely that he will abscond, Judge Duncan Ouseley said Thursday in deciding to grant him bail.

Cheers went up from his supporters outside the High Court as the decision was announced.

He was arrested last week in London because Swedish prosecutors want to question him about sex charges unrelated to WikiLeaks.


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  1. really?

    He got arrested because two tramps thinks he might have had an STD? Couldn't they have just keep their legs closed? I'm just saying.

    December 17, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    He is true Hero and he deserved to be released

    support us at

    December 17, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Scott is right, hear hear, long live Julian, the founder of Wiki-Leaks. Hail to the founder, hear hear.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ed Bailey

    I want you brainwashed right wing radicals to explain something.If I took the outdated and no longer used cryptic code information that I used in the military and gave it to, say the Russians, that truly is an act of treason.revealing a non elected pinheads thoughts about how A corrupt two faced 'allie' is dtealing pur tax money is journalism, pure and simple. To send mpre of our tax money t figure out how to stop him is just more of an injustice. Americans being further inslaved in the name of patriotic starts at home, where our troops should be, where our money should be spent,where the jobs should be from our greedy outsourcing corporations.our HERO, hail Jullian, is no different than Dalton Trumbow,kirt Vonnecutt, and many other non brainwashed free thinkers.Its a True and obvious statement that we have put us where we are today.face the truth!

    December 17, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. tcaros

    This is a victory for the truth.

    They're trying to kill the messenger by smearing his name. The standard OPS is to call someone a pedophile to discredit them. Meanwhile, the real pedophile supporters – Pope Rat.. GW Bush, Putin and company go about their bussiness.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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