A British judge decided to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder, but Swedish prosecutors have said that they would appeal against the decision.
Although Julian Assange (photo, from aljazeera.net) has been granted bail with strict conditions, he must now remain in jail pending the outcome of the appeal.
The founder of the whistleblowing website has been arrested in Britain on Swedish allegations of sex crimes.
Earlier on Tuesday, supporters of the 39-year-old Australian gathered outside the Westminster magistrate’s court and cheered when they heard he had been granted bail.
The terms of Assange’s bail included wearing an electronic tag, living at a registered address, observing a curfew and lodging $317,400 with the court.
According to his lawyers, the charges against Assange are politically motivated because of thousands of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, which angered governments around the world.
From his prison cell, Assange accused Visa, MasterCard and Paypal of blocking donations to his website in the wake of the release.
Speaking to his mother he said the firms were “instruments of US foreign policy” but said their actions would not stop WikiLeaks from continuing to publish 250,000 cables.
“My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have expressed,” he said in a statement to Australian television, dictated by his mother Christine Assange.
“These circumstances shall not shake them. If anything, this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.”
Although a previous arrest warrant was cancelled by the Swedish chief prosecutor on the grounds that there was no “no reason to suspect that he committed rape”, a Swedish prosecutor wants to question him about the accusations of sexual misconduct made by two female Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers during his stay in Sweden.
Though it is the least severe of three categories of rape, the crime Assange is suspected of carries a maximum of four years in jail.
But Assange and his lawyers have also voiced fears that US prosecutors may be preparing to indict him for espionage after embarrassing leaks by his website.
The US justice department has been looking into a range of criminal charges, including violations of the 1917 Espionage Act, which could be filed in the WikiLeaks case.