WikiLeaks' Assange Walks Free On Bail

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"(CNN)
Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks, walked out of London's High Court after being freed on bail Thursday, nine days after he was arrested for questioning about alleged sex crimes in Sweden.

His time in solitary confinement prompted him ""to reflect on the condition of those people around the world also in solitary confinement ... in positions that are more difficult than those faced by me. Those people ... also need your attention and support,"" he said.

Assange thanked the public, the media, his lawyers, and the British justice system, saying, ""If justice is not always an outcome, at least it is not dead yet.""

Assange, 39, handed himself over to police in London last week. He was sought because Swedish prosecutors want to question him about sex charges unrelated to WikiLeaks.

A judge granted him bail on Tuesday, but lawyers representing Sweden immediately filed an appeal, keeping Assange behind bars until the High Court judge decided on the Swedish appeal.Assange won the appeal Thursday.

Assange's mother, Christine, said after the ruling that she could ""not wait"" to see him ""and to hold him close.""

""I had faith that the British justice system would do the right thing ... and that faith has been confirmed,"" she said outside the court.

He must stay at the mansion of a supporter outside London, report to the police daily, wear an electronic tag to monitor his location, and put up 200,000 pounds (about $310,000) in bail money, plus two further 20,000-pound sureties (about $31,000 each), the judge ruled.

Judge Duncan Ouseley said he did not regard Assange as a fugitive and there was no concrete evidence to believe he would abscond."