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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange bail granted by British court

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(Read caption) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is led into London's High Court on December 16. A British court has granted Assange bail, as he fights attempts to extradite to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes.

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A British court today granted bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dismissing an appeal from prosecutors. Mr. Assange is wanted for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault in Sweden committed last August.

The Guardian reported this morning that "Justice Duncan Ouseley agreed with a decision by the City of Westminster earlier in the week to release Assange on strict conditions," including giving up his passport, wearing an electronic tracking device, and checking in with a local police station nightly.

A British judge on Tuesday had granted Assange release from jail on bail of $310,000, though less than two hours later, an appeal announcement indicated that Assange would remain in custody for at least another 48 hours, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Assange must return to the court for full extradition hearing on Jan. 11. The 39-year-old Australian native turned himself over to British authorities last week, although he denies the Swedish sexual assault accusations against him. (Editor's note: The original version of this story misstated the status of Swedish interest in Mr. Assange's case. He has been accused, but not charged.)

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