London: The founder of the WikiLeaks website Julian Assange was granted bail on Thursday by the High Court in London which rejected an appeal against him being released under stringent conditions.
“I am going to grant conditional bail,” judge Duncan Ouseley said, adding that he would adjust the bail conditions set out on Tuesday.
The judge therefore rejected the appeal against a lower court’s decision earlier this week to release Assange on conditional bail pending moves to extradite him to Sweden.
The 39-year-old Australian is wanted in Sweden for questioning on sexual offences, but his supporters claim the allegations are politically motivated because WikiLeaks has enraged Washington by releasing US diplomatic cables.
A small group of Assange’s supporters braving the driving rain outside the court roared with delight at the news of the ruling and shouted: “Exposing war crimes is no crime.”