British court grants bail to Assange

Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens said that his legal team was utterly delighted to win bail

A British court granted bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday.

Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens said that his legal team was utterly delighted to win bail. His client was a victim of a "continued vendetta", he added.

Justice Ouseley granted conditional bail at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and supporters put up £240,000 in sureties.

He must return to the court for full extradition hearing on 11 January. The 39-year-old Australian native turned himself over to British authorities last week, although he denies the Swedish sexual assault charges against him.

Assange, who faces charges for sexual wrongdoings in Sweden, is also the editor-in-chief of the whistleblower site that published thousands of sensitive American diplomatic cables, details of which appeared in the press.

US and other countries condemned the whistleblower site after WikiLeaks published sensitive information from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.