Julian Assange, the founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has been granted bail in a London court on the condition that he remains in prison for the rest of his life.
Prosecutors have two hours to appeal against the judgement, hoping to have this commuted to extradition to Sweden with an eventual death at an undisclosed US penitentiary.
The 39-year old Australian is fighting charges relating to two sexual assaults in Sweden which appear to be taken more seriously by the United States than the search for Osama Bin Laden.
A lawyer for Mr Assange, said he was confused at the verdict, “This is the first time someone has been freed on bail only to be forced to reside in prison.”
“I cannot understand it. British law contorts itself into many different shapes and sizes depending on what the United States wants it to do.”
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His lawyer continued, “It kind of feels like a hollow victory. The British government is saying look, we do respect freedom of speech because we freed him, but we don’t respect the freedom of freedom because we kept him in prison.”
“He has basically been let out, only to be led straight back in.”
“His two Swedish victims had offered to put him up, but he was too clever for that. They live in Sweden. Although he did say that he would happily put them up in his cell.”
It is believed lawyers for Mr Assange tried an unorthodox approach of their own, “We’ve taken their ‘free but not free’ approach to implementing the law and told them he would agree to plead guilt if they dropped the charges.”
“That sounds fair to us.”