WikiLeaks' Julian Assange granted bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail by a London court, but the police will keep his passport and he will have to wear an electronic tag, according to reports.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail by a London court, but the police will keep his passport and he will have to wear an electronic tag, according to reports.

Assange will also have to adhere to a curfew, which will be monitored via the tagging device, the BBC reported.

Ten celebrities, thought to include US film director Michael Moore, have committed to contributing to Assange's bail, which was set at £200,000 in Westminster Magistrates Court. Swedish prosecutors could appeal the ruling to the High Court, a hearing must take place within the next 48 hours.

Assange may remain in custody until that hearing occurs, according to the BBC. A full extradition hearing is expected in eight to ten weeks, while the extradition process could drag out for a year.

Assange walked into a police station last week after Sweden issued a warrant for his arrest. He is wanted for questioning related to rape accusations, which he denies.

Assange has been imprisoned since 7 December when the Westminster Magistrates Court denied him bail, saying he was a flight risk due to his frequent travelling. Assange gave a post office box address in Australia when asked for a point of contact.

Assange and his legal team have stated they believe the Swedish prosecutors' pursuit is tied to WikiLeaks' release of diplomatic cables, which angered the US government but drew praise from others. It has been suggested the US could file charges against Assange under the Espionage Act.

The secret documents are said to have come from Private First Class Bradley Manning, who has been charged by the US Army with mishandling and transferring classified information in connection with the cables and a video of an Apache helicopter shooting civilians in Iraq.

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