Judge to release WikiLeaks' Assange on bail

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted bail today by a London judge, but prosecutors said they will appeal the decision.
Written by Stephen Shankland, Contributor

In a media-mobbed hearing today, a U.K. judge decided to release WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange on bail of 200,000 pounds, or about $317,000, on the condition that he surrender his passport, wear an electronic tracker, provide a U.K. address, and report to police daily.

U.K. prosecutors, acting on behalf of the Swedish government, told the court they will file a formal appeal within 48 hours. This follows some confusion about whether an appeal will take place, with an ABC News correspondent posting a note on Twitter saying no appeal would happen.

Assange was arrested last week in London by police acting on behalf of Swedish authorities that accused him of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation, and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010, according to British police. Sweden is seeking his extradition; Assange has denied the charges.

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