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British Judge To Rule On Bail For WikiLeaks' Assange


A protester holds a banner in support of Julian Assange during a demonstration in Budapest.

A protester holds a banner in support of Julian Assange during a demonstration in Budapest.

A British judge will decide today whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be released on bail.

A lower court ruled on December 14 that Assange, who has angered Washington by publishing secret diplomatic cables, could be freed on 200,000 pounds ($317,000) bail.

But he was returned to jail after prosecutors said they would appeal.

Sweden wants to question Assange over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Supporters of the 39-year-old Australian say the charges are trumped up and possibly politically motivated.

Assange turned himself in last week in London.

compiled from agency reports
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