WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail at the High Court in London.
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.
The 39-year-old whistleblower is wanted in Sweden for alleged sex offences.
It is understood that it may take up to an hour to process Mr Assange’s release from the cells at the Royal Courts of Justice to enable him to walk to freedom.
Mr Justice Ouseley granted conditional bail.
Mr Assange was present in the dock for the ruling in the packed courtroom.
Standing in the driving rain outside the High Court a small group of Assange’s supporters shrieked with delight at news of the ruling.
They shouted: “Exposing war crimes is no crime.”