Assange in a prison van
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail in England—with a host of conditions. A British judge earlier today reversed course and is allowing Assange to leave prison on a £240,000 bail (is Michael Moore helping pay?). But the WikiLeaker will have to live in a designated location, a mansion called Ellingham Hall, with a curfew from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.. He also must report to a police station each day at 6 p.m.
Additionally he has surrendered his passport and will have to wear an electronic monitor. His next court date in London to deal with his extradition case is set for January 11, 2011. Meanwhile, the leaks? They keep leaking.
UPDATE: Well, never mind all that for now. The Swedes are appealing the decision to give Assange bail and the case will go to the high court in the next 48 hours. Outside of court Assange's lawyer told reporters "This is really turning in to a show trial. We will be in court in the next 48 hours, they haven't given us the courtesy to say when. It is an unfortunate state of affairs ... but given their history of persecuting of Mr Assange, it is perhaps not surprising."