17 Dec 2010

Assange vows to continue leaking secret documents

9:51 pm on 17 December 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his time in a British jail has only made him more determined to continue his work of releasing secret government information.

Mr Assange has been freed on bail after a High Court judge in London on Thursday turned rejected an appeal by prosecutors who argued that he was a flight risk.

The 39-year-old Australian is fighting extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations made by two women which he denies, saying it is part of a smear campaign.

Speaking after being granted conditional bail at the High Court in London on Thursday, he said being in custody for eight days had given him enough anger about the situation to last 100 years.

He thanked the many supporters gathered outside the court and promised to continue his work and to protest his innocence of the charges against him.

As a condition of bail, Mr Assange must live at the mansion in eastern England of supporter Vaughan Smith, a former army officer.

He must also abide by a curfew, report to police daily, and wear an electronic tag.

The 39-year-old Australian has become a hate figure in Washington over his website's release of thousands of secret United States diplomatic cables.

The documents include details of overseas installations that Washington regards as vital to its security.

Mr Assange's extradition hearing is set down for 7 February.