WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to “continue his work and protest his innocence” after being released on bail.
The 39-year-old whistleblower was greeted outside the London’s High Court by cheers from his supporters and the microphones and cameras of the world’s press following his nine-day stint on remand.
He said it was “great to smell the fresh air of London”, before going on to thank “all the people around the world who had faith in me”.
Assange walked out of the High Court shortly before 6pm on Thursday, just hours after a judge ruled that he should be released.
The Australian is wanted in Sweden for alleged sex offences which he denies and is facing extradition proceedings in the new year.
His lawyers have accused the Swedish authorities of waging a “vendetta” against him.
In a further twist, Assange suggested that he may face separate prosecution in the US.
He told the BBC that he had heard “a rumour from my lawyers in the United States, we have not confirmed yet, that there has been an indictment made against me in the US”.
A spokeswoman from the US Department of Justice would only confirm that there is “an ongoing investigation into the WikiLeaks matter”.
At the High Court, Mr Justice Ouseley rejected submissions that the risk Assange poses made it impossible to set him free, and he accepted offers by the Australian’s supporters to stump up £200,000 as a cash deposit and a number of other sureties.