assange - Reuters - November 30 2010
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, July 26, 2010. Photo by Reuters
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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange was expected to be freed on bail later on Thursday after London's High Court upheld a decision to release him on bond while he fights extradition to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes.

Assange is the target of U.S. fury over WikiLeaks' release of secret diplomatic cables.

"We are expecting Julian to be released some time later today (or) on a worst case analysis tomorrow. But we really do expect him to be released today. Everybody is working very hard for that," Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens told reporters outside the High Court.

High Court Justice Duncan Ouseley said earlier the 39-year-old Australian could be free on bail of 200,000 pounds ($317,000) and under strict conditions, including abiding by a curfew, reporting to police daily and wearing an electronic tag, until a new court date on January 11th.