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Judge grants bail to Assange

LONDON (AP) - A lawyer for Julian Assange (ah-SAHNJ') says he's "utterly delighted" with today's ruling from a judge in London, who has decided to release the WikiLeaks founder on bail.

Prosecutors had hoped to keep him behind bars as he fights extradition to Sweden.

The judge rejected arguments that Assange might flee, saying that he "clearly does have some desire to clear his name."

Supporters of Assange and his website cheered outside the court after the judge's ruling.

Assange has been in prison since Dec. 7, following his surrender to British police over a Swedish sex-crimes warrant. He denies wrongdoing but is refusing to surrender to Sweden's request to extradite him for questioning.

Last month WikiLeaks deeply angered U.S. officials by beginning to publish its trove of 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

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