He has handed over his passport and is currently staying at the the Suffolk-based home of Vaughan Smith – the founder of the FrontLine club in west London which Assange has been using as a base for his activities before the arrest.
He is to follow strict conditions in order to remain outside of prison until the extradition hearing scheduled for January: he has to wear an electronic bracelet which will monitor his movements, obey a curfew, and report daily to the police station near the house he’s staying in.
In the meantime, the Independent reports that US authorities have offered Army Private Bradley Manning – the young Army intelligence analyst that has allegedly delivered the classified government records to WikiLeaks – a plea bargain if he attests that Assange urged him to copy those record and deliver them to the organization.
If he does, Assange will be named a conspirator in the case against Manning and would raise the US’ chances extraditing him if he gets extradited to Sweden – not to mention the chances of him ultimately being convicted. Supposedly, a grand jury has already been secretly empanelled and is waiting for the moment Assange is brought to the US to charge him with yet undefined crimes.