WikiLeaks Julian Assange Granted Bail

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WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted bail by a London court Thursday. This decision comes after he was denied bail earlier this month. His next appearance in court is scheduled for January. 

Assange, 39, handed himself over to police in London last week for an investigation not relating to WikiLeaks. He is facing accusations of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force stemming from incidents in August in Stockholm. He has not been charged, but he could face two years in prison if convicted.

The judge ordered Assange to stay at the mansion of a supporter outside London, report to the police daily, wear an electronic tag to monitor his location, and pay $310,000 in bail money.

Granting bail "does not signify any change in the ongoing investigation," Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said in a statement after the ruling.

U.S. authorities are also looking into a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of confidential government documents, claiming it threatens lives and national security. WikiLeaks and its supporters say the public has a right to know what goes on behind diplomatic doors.

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