WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was released on bail on Thursday - confined to a supporters 600-acre estate but free to get back to work spilling US government secrets on his website as he fights Swedens attempt to extradite him on allegations of rape and molestation. The silver-haired Australian, who surrendered to British police Dec. 7, will have to observe a curfew, wear an electronic tag and report to police in person every day. But there are no restrictions on his Internet use, even as US authorities consider charges related to thousands of leaked diplomatic cables and other secret documents WikiLeaks has released. The site has released just 1,621 of the more than 250,000 State Department documents it claims to possess, many of them containing critical or embarrassing US assessments of foreign nations and their leaders. Dressed in a dark gray suit, Assange emerged from Londons neo-Gothic High Court building late Thursday following a tense scramble to gather the money and signatures needed to free him. Speaking under a light snowfall amid a barrage of flash bulbs, Assange -- whos been out of the public eye for more than a month -- told supporters he will continue bringing government secrets to light. Its great to smell the fresh air of London again, he said to cheers from outside the court. I hope to continue my work. Assange ignored shouted questions from the assembled media. Later, BBC footage captured the 39-year-old riding in a white armored four-by-four outside the Frontline Club, a venue for journalists owned by his friend and supporter Vaughan Smith. The broadcaster reported that Assange jumped upstairs for a celebratory cocktail at the bar, then went back outside to engage in a brief verbal joust with journalists over the merits of one of the leaked cables. A few hours later, Assange arrived at Ellingham Hall, Smiths 10-bedroom mansion about 120 miles (195 kilometers) northeast of central London. Assange told journalists there that his time in prison had steeled him, giving him time to reflect on his personal philosophy and enough anger about the situation to last me 100 years. Assange was granted conditional bail Tuesday, but prosecutors appealed, arguing that he might abscond. High Court Justice Duncan Ouseley rejected the appeal Thursday, saying Assange would diminish himself in the eyes of many of his supporters if he fled. I dont accept that Mr. Assange has an incentive not to attend [court], Ouseley said. He clearly does have some desire to clear his name. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson had said Assange might have to spend one more night behind bars anyway, because of difficulties producing the 200,000 pounds ($316,000) bail pledged by several wealthy supporters, including filmmaker Michael Moore. But lawyers managed to collect the money quickly. Virtual house arrest The restrictions Ouseley imposed on Assange amount to virtual house arrest, Hrafnsson said. But he added that Assange can still use Smiths estate as a base for coordinating the publication of the leaked cables. There is a good Internet connection there, he noted. The subject of whether Assange should have Internet access was never raised in court. WikiLeaks continued publishing documents even while Assange was in prison -- including a new batch that hit the Web two hours ahead of his release. Indias Rahul Gandhi: Hindus a big threat Rahul Gandhi, seen as an Indian prime minister-in-waiting, told the US ambassador radical Hindu groups could pose a bigger threat than the Muslim extremists who attacked Mumbai in 2008, a leaked cable showed. The comments made to Timothy Roemer last year were immediately criticized by the main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), adding to political sparring that has deadlocked parliament and pushed policymaking into limbo. Gandhis comments, made in response a question from Roemer on the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, referred to religious tension created by more extreme BJP leaders, according to the cable released by WikiLeaks and published on Friday by Britains Guardian newspaper. Gandhi said there was evidence of some support for the LeT among Indian Muslims, the ambassador wrote, according to the cable. ( 238) However, Gandhi warned, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalized Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community, Roemer wrote. India has a history of communal tension between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, and critics say several political parties play on that tension to win votes. In 2002, about 2,500 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in riots in western Gujarat state, human rights groups estimated. Radical Hindu groups, some with ties to the BJP or the BJPs more extreme sister organizations, have been linked to bomb attacks against Muslim targets. The controversy adds to the woes of the ruling Congress party to which Gandhi belongs, which is already fighting to contain the damage from a series of setbacks including corruption scandals, high food prices and poor showings in state elections.