WikiLeaks founder heading to Norfolk

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be heading to a stately home in Norfolk after being granted bail today at London's High Court.

The 39-year-old whistleblower, who is wanted in Sweden for alleged sex offences, will swap his jail cell at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London for Ellingham Hall, near Bungay, an elegant Georgian mansion set in 600 acres of rolling parkland.

Ellingham Hall is the home of Captain Vaughan Smith, who served in the British Army before setting up the Frontline Club in London, in 2003, to champion independent quality journalism.

The 10-bedroom property has been the Smith family home for more than 200 years.

At the High Court today a senior judge rejected an appeal against a lower court's decision earlier this week to release Assange on conditional bail pending moves to extradite him to Sweden. Assange is wanted in Sweden for alleged sex offences. Mr Justice Ouseley granted Assange conditional bail.

The Australian whistleblower was present in the dock for the ruling in the packed courtroom.

Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens said today they were 'utterly delighted' to win bail, adding that his client was the victim of a 'continued vendetta'.

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