Wikileaks founder stays behind bars

The founder of whistle-blowing
website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been granted bail in London on
conditions including cash guarantees of $379,000.

But he will remain in prison
pending an appeal against the bail decision lodged by Swedish prosecutors.

Mr Assange is fighting extradition
to Sweden, where he is accused of sexually assaulting two women earlier this
year.

He denies the charges, which he
says are politically motivated and designed to discredit him.

His lawyer Mark Stephens said the
case was turning into a “show trial”.

Mr Assange was granted bail on
condition he provides a security of $316,000 to the court, with a further $63,000
guaranteed in two sureties of $32,000 each.

He must also surrender his passport,
obey a curfew at an address in Suffolk, wear an electronic tag and report to a
local police station every evening.

Mr Stephens said the court would
hear the challenge to the bail decision within the next 48 hours.

Mr Assange is accused of having unprotected
sex with a woman, identified only as Miss A, when she insisted he use a condom.

He is also accused of having
unprotected sex with another woman, Miss W, while she was asleep.

The extradition case is due to
return to the court on 11 January.

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