Assange vows to clear name as freed on bail

16th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pledged to clear his name of allegations of sexual assault and pursue his work with the whistleblowing website after he was freed on bail by a London court Thursday.

"I hope to continue my work and continue to protest my innocence in this matter and to reveal as we get it -- which we have not yet -- the evidence from these allegations," Assange said on the steps of the High Court where he was greeted by a scrum of photographers and cameramen.

Assange and his lawyers insist that moves to extradite him from Britain to Sweden to face questioning over allegations he sexually assaulted two women are politically motivated.

Amid a hail of camera flashes, Assange thanked "all the people around the world who have had faith in me, who have supported my team while I have been away."

He said that by granting him bail and releasing him after nine days in London's Wandsworth prison, the British justice system had proved that "if justice is not always the outcome at least it is not dead yet".

His release from court had been delayed by several hours, apparently by haggling over the availability of the 240,000-pound (283,000-euro, 374,000-dollar) surety which has been put up by supporters.

© 2010 AFP

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