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Julian Assange is Granted Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was last week arrested after Swedish police charged him with rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. Assange handed himself in to a London police station but was refused bail and told he would have to remain in custody until December 14 (today).

The Guardian reports that Assange's lawyer today asked the City of Westminster magistrates court in London for bail on five conditions: These are £200,000 in security, surety of £40,000 from two people, a curfew, daily reporting to police, and surrender of his passport.  Mark Stephens, a lawyer for Mr. Assange, says that conditions also require his client to stay inside a specified area and be tracked by an ankle-bracelet.

Though he has been granted bail, Stephens says he is unlikely to be freed for another couple of days, as it will take some time to raise the £200,000 security. Assange will remain in Britain until January 11. There is a full extradition hearing scheduled for this day.

[Update] Reports are coming in that say the Swedish authorities have appealed the decision to release Assange. Assange will remain in jail until the appeal is heard, which could take up to 48 hours.

For more information check out the Guardian's live blog here.