A court in London UK on Thursday ordered the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from prison.
Assange was granted a conditional release on $316,000 bail last Tuesday , but British prosecutors acting onbehaf of Sweden appealed the court’s decision, they argued that he is a flight risk and should be kept behind bars until his extradition hearing.
Julian Assange was arrested on Dec. 7 when he surrendered himself to British authorities over a rape related arrest warrant issued by Sweden. He denied the charges claiming they are politically motivated.
Assange has also angered Washington after his wikileaks website released some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables over the Internet.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described the release of the cables as “illegal,” saying it poses real concerns and even potential damage to the United States’ friends and partners around the world.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the release “in the strongest terms” and said the national security of the United States has been put at risk. Holder also said an active criminal investigation remains under way.