On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sprung from jail on bail in London, where he addressed a press throng, cracking wise about how justice in the British system is “not dead yet” and thanking his legal team and journalists who “were not all taken in and considered to look deeper in their work.”
While he was at it, Assange discussed a rumor that his legal team was heeding about an indictment made against him in the U.S. and said he was more concerned “about being extradited to the U.S.” than to Sweden. —KA
Video of Assange’s post-release speech follows the excerpt below.
Los Angeles Times:
Assange was released Thursday into the cold of a snowy London evening. He stood on the courthouse steps and declared: “It’s great to smell [the] fresh air of London again.”
Assange, 39, can now swap what his lawyer calls the “Dickensian conditions” of a south London jail for the tony comforts of a country mansion owned by a friend, where the high-court judge agreed that he could stay while out on bail. But he must surrender his passport, submit to monitoring by electronic tag, abide by a curfew and report to the police daily.