Assange Granted Bail, Funds To Go Free 'Secured': Only Fascists Fear The Truth!
There is not a single grain of truth in all of the spin-craft offered by our government as to why Julian should be prosecuted other than the real truth that they want to shut up anyone who uncovers, through whatever means, the filthy truth of how the criminal enterprise know as our government operates. (Ed.)
ONLY FASCISTS FEAR THE TRUTH!
By JIM SCIUTTO, LEE FERRAN and KAITLYN FOLMER
LONDON, Dec. 16, 2010
Julian Assange could walk free from a London prison today after he was granted bail and has raised the necessary $315,000 bond, according to his lawyer.
Assange's mother was in the hearing today, along with Vaughn Smith, the man who offered Assange a place to stay in his sprawling 10-bedroom estate in England should he be freed.
Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is at the center of controversy over posting more than a quarter million secret U.S. documents online, had been held in a London prison on sexual assault charges including rape originating out of Sweden. Tuesday a judge granted him $315,000 bond, but Swedish prosecutors appealed the decision. Today a London judge rejected the appeal.
Several supporters have offered to assist in paying Assange's bail, including documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who pledged $20,000.
After he posts bail, Assange must surrender his passport and remain in the United Kingdom where he plans to stay with a friend, the judge ruled Tuesday. He will have an electronic tag to verify that he is at that address overnight and must daily report to police.
Assange has been held in solitary confinement -- for his own protection, the jail said. His lawyers said he is being held in a wing normally reserved for convicted criminals, cut off from other prisoners and is only allowed a half hour a day outside the cell.
U.S. Criminal Investigation of Document Drop
Though he's currently being held on the sexual assault charges, Assange could also be the target of coming espionage charges from the U.S., one of his lawyerstold ABC News last week.
The timing of the arrest earlier this week led a Wikileaks spokesperson, Stephens and hundreds of Assange's supporters to claim the sex charges were part of a political effort to marginalize the Wikileaks founder in the face of the document drop, which has proved an embarrassment and potential security risk for the U.S. government.
But a lawyer for the two Swedish women accusing Assange said the charges are in no way politically motivated and the woman are angry at that suggestion.
Assange has denied the sex crimes charges and after his arrest, Stephens told ABC News Assange is ready "to vindicate himself and clear his good name."
In a jailhouse statement passed through his mother to an Australian news station, Assange reportedly said that his "convictions are unfaltering." "I remain true to the ideals I have expressed. This circumstance shall not shake them," Assange wrote, according to a Australia's 7 News Tuesday. "If anything this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct."
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the release of the documents had put the United States at risk and said he authorized a criminal investigation into Assange.
"The lives of people who work for the American people has been put at risk; the American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that are, I believe, arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way. We are doing everything that we can," Holder said Tuesday. "We have a very serious, active, ongoing investigation that is criminal in nature. I authorized just last week a number of things to be done so that we can hopefully get to the bottom of this and hold people accountable, as they -- as they should be."
Outspoken critics of the document drop, including President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said they believe the formerly classified material is more than just embarrassing for the slights against foreign leaders, but potentially disastrous for U.S. strategy abroad.
"We have gotten indications that there is at least some change in how individuals and governments cooperate with us, and share information," Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said last week. There's a vague "sense that there has been some pulling back because of these revelations."
Speaking a press conference Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the leak could "create potential dangers for our friends and partners." (Bullshit…Ed.)
Rape-Charge Wikileaks Chief Heading For Christmas In A Country Mansion After Being Granted Bail At High Court
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:36 PM on 16th December 2010
Last updated at 2:36 PM on 16th December 2010
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Top judge grants bail during two hour hearing
Controversy as English CPS fights release
Reporters banned from using Twitter in court
Assange will move from cell to stately home
His lawyer accuses Sweden of 'vendetta'
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange was today granted bail after a High Court judge rejected an appeal urging the authorities to keep him in custody.
The whistleblower could walk out of the Royal Courts of Justice this afternoon following the decision to allow his release on conditional bail pending moves to extradite him to Sweden.
Mr Justice Ouseley's ruling is the latest dramatic development after Assange was granted £240,000 bail on Tuesday only to have it overturned when British prosecutors lodged an appeal.
The whistleblower had appeared confident this morning when he arrived at the High Court in London, giving the thumbs up and a V for Victory sign.
He will now swap his cell at HM Wandsworth Prison for Ellingham Hall, a ten-bedroom stately home surrounded by 600 acres of land and trees in Norfolk just in time for Christmas.
The WikiLeaks founder is wanted in Sweden over claims that he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Stockholm in August.
Following the latest release of secret cables by the arch whistleblower, politicians in the U.S. have also suggested that he should be put on trial for treason and face the death penalty.
HIGH COURT JUDGE BANS TWITTER
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expecting to hang on every word said in court today were dealt a blow when the judge banned Tweeting.
Mr Justice Ouseley ruled supporters and journalists should not use the micro-blogging site Twitter to give a blow-by-blow account of proceedings
A steady stream of details emerged as the smartly dressed 39-year-old Australian arrived in the dock of court four ahead of the senior judge.
But the flow was abruptly cut off after one national newspaper was denied formal permission to send messages from the court via the website.
One member of the WikiLeaks supporters forum reacted: 'Boo! No Twitter allowed in court today.' Another journalist added: 'Judge says Twitter is not allowed. Goodbye.'
District Judge Howard Riddle allowed Tweeting from City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday as long as journalists were discreet and did not interfere with the judicial process.
Court reporting is usually governed by very strict rules with any recording or photographs strictly forbidden under The Contempt of Court Act 1981.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed today that it had made the call to appeal against bail on Tuesday but refused to comment about Sweden's involvement.
A spokesman said: 'It is standard practice on all extradition cases that decisions regarding bail are taken by the domestic prosecuting authority.
'It would not be practical for prosecutors in a foreign jurisdiction, who are neither present in court when decisions are made, nor familiar with the domestic laws concerning bail, to make such decisions.'
In a statement on her website, Sweden's director of prosecution Marianne Ny said: 'At a hearing on Tuesday December 14, Westminster Magistrates' Court in London decided that Julian Assange should be granted bail. The decision was appealed by the British prosecutor.
'As I have already stated, I cannot at the moment provide information concerning the development of the matter, as it is handled by British authorities.'
Today's application was heard by Mr Justice Ouseley - the same judge who last week granted bail to Shrien Dewani, the husband of a woman murdered on honeymoon in South Africa.
Unlike at the hearing on Tuesday, the judge immediately banned reporters from using micro-blog site Twitter in court.
Gemma Lindfield, for the Swedish authorities, then argued there was a 'real risk' Assange could flee if he was granted bail.
She claimed there were 'strong reasons' to believe he would not go to court for extradition hearing or surrender to police if extradited.
Miss Lindfield described Assange as having a nomadic lifestyle with no significant ties to the UK and noted those putting up his bail had not known him long.
His support network via WikiLeaks meant he had 'means and ability' to flee the country or go into hiding in the UK, she argued.
She told the court that supporters who might lose money as sureties if he were to abscond could regard that as 'money lost for the cause'.
But the judge pointed out how Assange had voluntarily made arrangements for his solicitors to be in touch with police about the allegations shortly after arriving in the UK.
The move meant that if a search warrant was issued - as later came to pass - the police would not have to search for him.
The judge said: 'That is not the conduct of a person who is seeking to evade justice.'
He also rejected the argument that no bail conditions could meet the risk of Assange absconding, insisting he was a 'well-known face' who wanted to clear his name.
He admitted he had been troubled about whether his supporters might regard WikiLeaks as being advanced by avoiding a trial but decided stricter bail conditions were sufficient.
Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens said his team were 'absolutely delighted' and accused the Swedish authorities of leading a 'vendetta' against his client.
'We are expecting Julian to be released sometime later today and on a worst case analysis tomorrow,' he said on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice.
He added: 'We think it was an unnecessary appeal ... and it really evidences part of a continuing vendetta on the part of the Swedes against Julian Assange.
'We obtained costs today on behalf of Mr Assange but in truth the Swedes should pay those funds and not our hard-pressed Crown Prosecution Service.'
Veteran journalist and campaigner John Pilger said on leaving court: 'The fact that Julian Assange was refused bail was a gross injustice that has been corrected today, at least in a limited way.'
'There's no doubt that he is not going to abscond. The police have known where he has been since the day he arrived. He's never been a fugitive.'
Outside, supporters wearing T-shirts bearing Assange's face and holding placards declaring: 'WikiLeaks, information wants to be free' were gathered in the cold.
Verena Payr had travelled all the way from Tyrol in west Austria. She said: 'I heard everything about the charges and I thought I had to do something.'
She added: 'I want to have a pint with him... It is raining, but even if it was minus 20 degrees I would still be here.'
Earlier this morning, Mr Stephens complained about the conditions Assange was being held in at HM Wandsworth Prison, claiming it was effectively a 'punishment regime' and 'Victorian'.
The Australian has been held in solitary confinement, only released from his cell for one hour a day and his mail has been heavily censored, according to his supporters.
Meanwhile, internet hackers who brought down websites including MasterCard after they suspended payments to WikiLeaks have currently called a truce.
But they have only downed tools until after today's hearing - with fears they could spread more mayhem and even target Government websites.
A cyber-insurgent from the group Anonymous, which has masterminded the attacks, calling himself Bass told Sky News software to target websites has now been downloaded 300,000 times.
'We are going after the agencies that were directly involved in the censorship of WikiLeaks,' he said
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The Swedish government asked American officials to keep intelligence-gathering “informal” to help avoid Parliamentary scrutiny, American diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show.
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