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WikiLeaks' Assange Released From Jail

The Guardian, Reuters and NPR's Philip Reeves are among those reporting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hasbeen released from prison on bail in London.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange celebrates as he prepares to address the media outside the High Court in central London, on December 16, 2010.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange celebrates as he prepares to address the media outside the High Court in central London, on December 16, 2010. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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And indeed, the cable news networks now have video of Assange outside a London courthouse, thanking those who support him and WikiLeaks. His release is a sign that "justice is not dead yet," Assange just said.

As Korva reported earlier, a judge decided today that Assange could be released — after posting about $317,000 — while fighting extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning about alleged sex crimes.

This legal proceeding isn't about WikiLeaks recent disclosure of previously secret diplomatic cables — though Assange, who says he's innocent, maintains he's being persecuted because of what WikiLeaks has done.

As we also reported earlier today, Justice Department officials are said to be looking for evidence that Assange colluded with the source of the leaks. If so, that might allow them to charge him with espionage.

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Here's a short audio clip of Assange, telling his supporters that "I hope to continue my work and to continue to protest my innocence":

Julian Assange after his release on bail

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