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Assange Ordered Out of Jail on Bail

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Posted on Dec 14, 2010
AP / Karel Prinsloo

Masked supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest Tuesday at a rally outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given a bit of a break on Tuesday when a British judge ordered that he be released from jail for the small bail fee of $310,000. However, this small measure of freedom comes with a few strings—and an electronic monitor—attached.

For his part, Assange appears to be uncowed by his incarceration and released a statement from prison urging support for his site and his cause. —KA

The New York Times:

Judge Howard Riddle ordered that Mr. Assange appear again in court on Jan. 11. He also said that between then and now he must reside at Ellingham Hall, a Georgian mansion in Bungay, in eastern England, owned by Vaughan Smith, the founder of a club for journalists. Mr. Assange must spend every night at the mansion and will be electronically tagged so the police can track his movements, the judge said.

Additionally, Mr. Assange will be under curfew every day from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be required to report daily to the police from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. His passport is already with the police and, under the terms of his bail, he is not permitted to travel abroad.

Judge Riddle said he granted bail on Tuesday, after denying it a week ago, because Mr. Assange was now able to provide an address where he would be staying. The judge described his earlier decision as “marginal” and said that Mr. Assange had now met that condition of his bail “handsomely.”

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By Chris Taus, December 15, 2010 at 5:33 am Link to this comment
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Latest update on the Guardian website says the Swedish prosecution plan to appeal the bail, have two hours to do so, and Assange is not free until that process is completed.
Not over yet.

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By gerard, December 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

No matter what happens, don’t forget Assange’s intention to point the way, via a free and open internet, to disarm secrecy in government and corporate aggression:  Cut the links of the oppressive elements and open the hidden planning and actions to public view.  Teach the people how to counteract secrecy with open exchange of information, and they will be able to free themselves.

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By SteveL, December 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

Anyone who messes with the illogic of the wars gets the most insane reaction
from the U.S. and other governments involved.

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By Not One More!, December 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment


At least he got a break this time, only had to pay $310,000 bail.

I wonder how much our corporate criminals had to pay in bail after collapsing our economy, based on the same falsehoods and lies the government officials are found spewing on a daily basis.

How can a reasonable person stand to hear Hillary or Obama deliver those lies with a straight face day after day?

The government (elected officials) are not your friend, you are not paying them enough.

Don’t Trust the Government -  check out the song by

They lie and cheat to gain control
Power and corruption is their goal
Everybody stand in line
Smile while they rob us blind
Don’t you believe them

Don’t trust the government

They send our troops to die for oil
Call it defending American soil
Doesn’t matter what they say
They’re all liars anyway
Don’t you believe them

Don’t trust the government

Around the world we flex our might
Never asking if it’s right
We don’t care who’s in control
They’re all crooks we all know
Don’t you believe them

Don’t trust the government

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By PatrickHenry, December 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

What a mockery of justice this is and continues to be.

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By shadesofgrey, December 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

Assange remains in custody. Sweden appealed the decision (minutes before the end of their 2 hr. window to do so).

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By Blackspeare, December 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

Not to worry——-Assange is under total surveillance.  Currently the US Attorney General’s office is in contact with their British counterparts to properly word the extradition request so there will be little room for judicial contention.  Once Mr. Assange is in the hands of US authorities his days of freedom are over——he will be made an example of and when and if he is ever released he will be an old man.  It is indeed a sad turn of events.  Oh, by the way, the Espionage Act of 1917 is very much akin to the Nuremberg Laws of 1935——they were both designed to protect internal politics and stifle dissent.

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By RenZo, December 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

Who was it we chased into Afghanistan in the first place? Where did they go? Are they all gone? Who are we fighting there now? Are they afghanis? Are they jihadists? Are they terrorists or patriots? Are they religious? Are they even moslem? What have we accomplished? Do women now read? Do men now read? Do children have food and school and clothing since we arrived? Is agriculture better (other than poppies)? Is infant mortality better? Is there more industry?

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By diamond, December 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

And it’s interesting to say the least that the man who has offered Julian Assange a place to stay and prepare his case is a former war photographer and a former officer in the British army. Obama and his gang may have set their evil plans in place but it might be harder than they thought to send Assange to Devil’s Island so they can make an example of him. What rotten bastards they are. No ethics, no morals and no respect for the rule of law. Sounds just like the Bush administration doesn’t it? Also incredibly sad that Richard Holbrooke’s last words as he was being sedated to go in for surgery were ‘You have to end this war in Afghanistan.’ I imagine Julian Assange would agree.

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By RenZo, December 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

It is sickening, really sickening, to think that facilitating the dissemination of the truth is considered a crime, while the perpetrators of war crimes (war of aggression, torture, assassinations, lying to start a war, deliberate murder of non combatants, destruction of infrastructure, drones aiming at illiterate peasants, and many many others…) such as the former administration under Cheney and baby Bush (not to exclude others here and anywhere) go even without formal investigation.
Isn’t $310,000 a bit much for being wanted to discuss a rape? Have others charges been filed? Is this amount common in UK for this kind of ‘wantedness’?

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