December 16, 2010 / 7:26 PM / in 7 years

WikiLeaks' Assange says has rumors of U.S. indictment

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, freed on bail on Thursday after nine days in a London jail over alleged sexual offences in Sweden, said his lawyers had heard rumours he had been indicted in the United States.

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has angered U.S. authorities by publishing part of a trove of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.

The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors were looking for evidence that Assange had conspired with a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified documents in order to bring charges against him.

“I don’t have too many fears about being extradited to Sweden. There are much bigger concerns about being extradited to the U.S.,” Assange told reporters in London, soon after being released on bail from a British prison.

“We have a rumor today from my lawyers in the United States, it’s not confirmed yet, that there has been an indictment made against me in the United States,” he said.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Stefano Ambrogi

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