Wikileaks founder to remain at Ellingham Hall Bungay after winning bail

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was today granted bail on condition that he resides at the home of a supporter at Ellingham Hall in Bungay.

The 39-year-old Australian is wanted by prosecutors in Sweden over claims that he sexually assaulted two women.

He was remanded in custody a week ago but his legal team made a successful appeal against the decision, with several well-known backers again offering thousands of pounds in sureties.

But at a hearing in London today district judge Howard Riddle agreed to grant bail on condition that he provide a security of �200,000 to the court and gurantee two sureties of �20,000.

Assange will reside at the address of Capt Vaughan Smith, founder of the Frontline Club, whose family home is at Ellingham Hall.

Capt Smith, who described Assange as 'hugely courageous'', was one of those offering a surety of �20,000.

However he was still in custody pending the outcome of a High Court appeal into the decision by Swedish prosecutors.

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In a statement posted on the Frontline website Capt Smith detailed his reasons for supporting the Wikileaks founder.

'I attended court today to offer my support for Julian Assange of Wikileaks on a point of principle,' he said. 'In the face of a concerted attempt to shut him down and after a decade since 9/11 that has been characterised by manipulation of the media by the authorities, the information released by Wikileaks is a refreshing glimpse into an increasingly opaque world.'

'The Frontline Club was founded seven years ago to stand for independence and transparency. Recent informal canvassing of many of our more than 1,500 members at the Frontline Club suggests almost all are supportive of our position.

'I am suspicious of the personal charges that have been made against Mr Assange and hope that this will be properly resolved by the courts. Certainly no credible charges have been brought regarding the leaking of the information itself.

'I can confirm that Mr Assange has spent much of the last several months working from our facilities at the Frontline Club. Earlier today I offered him an address for bail.'

Assange was told his passport must remain with the police and he cannot apply for international travel. He will be tagged and must also report to a local police station every evening.

He is due to appear at the same court on January 11.