Court to rule on releasing WikiLeaks founder on bail of £200,000


LONDON – A British court will decide today whether to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on £200,000 (€235,130) bail over accusations of sex crimes in Sweden.

The website of the Swedish prosecutors’ office, which was behind Mr Assange’s arrest in London, again came under cyber attack during the night and was out of action for about 12 hours, spokeswoman Karin Rosander said.

The site was targeted last week, along with organisations such as Visa and MasterCard which internet activists believe have obstructed WikiLeaks.

Mr Assange was granted bail on Tuesday by a British court but prosecutors appealed and he remains in a London jail.

The case will be heard at 11.30 am at the High Court in central London, a court official said.

A lawyer for Mr Assange, a 39-year-old Australian computer expert, said earlier yesterday his backers had raised about half of the cash he needs to secure bail.

Prominent public figures including US film-maker Michael Moore, Australian journalist John Pilger and British author Hanif Kureishi have pledged their support.

Mr Assange and his lawyers have voiced fears that US prosecutors may be preparing to indict him for espionage.

He is fighting attempts to extradite him to Sweden over allegations, which he denies, of sexual misconduct made by two female WikiLeaks volunteers. – (Reuters)