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. Nick

    "unrelated to Wikileaks"


    December 16, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Yeah. Let's watch Assange's every move. Maybe he'll say or do something that erases wikileaks from our minds. Then we can pretend it never happened.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    The Wiki guy is in London. Hear hear, long live the queen of England. May she also pardon Assange for trumped up charges hear hear, long live the queen.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Clem&Jethro

    "Yeah, I hope they hang Assange." Hey Clem? Remember when we buried cousin Billy alive for calling child protective services on uncle Joe? "I shure do Jethro. It's nunna their bizness if we got our very own family pedophile."

    December 16, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard in Texas

    What is happening with Pvt. Manning ?

    December 16, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Junior

    He will be a legend in the long run. If he get murdered because hes doing the right thing by showing what the world deserves – the evil deeds of policians, there could be a huge world revolution. Careful trying to assassinate this very important character! Axing assange should not be an option. The ppl are the boss, politicians are their employess. Nothing wrong with the boss knowing what and how his employees are working. Theres no crime commeitted. The ppl deserve to know the truth, thats all wikileak is bringing since other news maker cant do that.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ogbonye JohnC

    Yeah may you people grant him bail

    December 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mjwilstein

    Here's the video of Julian Assange's speech to his supporters after being release on bail:

    December 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sidewinder

    In agreement with most of the sentiment expressed here.

    Can you say smoke screen? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    Lol...pretend like it (wikileaks) never happened. Nice!

    December 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phoenix

    Assange Case: Accuser Evidence Destroyed Over and Over Again – Let the truth to be told,01.shtml

    December 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    well i think its about time someone had the balls to stand up to the corrupt politicians and said we arent gonna take anymore and we need to replace each and everyone of em. and time we also got to see what they are so afraid of showing us. 1 the fact

    December 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    they knew about 9/ll long befor it happened and coulda shoulda prevented it and why did they not? cuz it didnt fit in with their corrupt financial scheme of things. make no mistake schemeing is what they are best at. and for their own gain not americans.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JJ

    Whine, whine, whine your ass... all the way to jail... remember that what comes around... will always bite your tail.

    Boo-frickin-hoo. Absolutely ZERO pity for this self-righteous punk.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stephen Real

    It's seems likely that the US Justice Department will charge Mr. Assange under a version of the RICO law, as a "co-conspirator", for investigators are looking into the "chat logs", according to NYT. In this way, the Justice Department can avoid the free speech and first amendment question altogether.

    December 17, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Bailey

    I can hear john singing from the grave. You say you want a revolution! Jullian's birthday will be a national holiday. PAID.

    December 17, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
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