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Julian Assange Denied Bail, Stays in Gaol

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Posted on Dec 7, 2010
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The WikiLeaks founder has been denied bail on the grounds that his ties to the community are weak and he has the means to flee the U.K. Assange, who was arrested Monday by appointment in London, is wanted for questioning in Sweden related to sexual assault allegations that he categorically denies.

Correction: Assange has not yet been charged in Sweden. An earlier version of this item suggested otherwise. The case is actually quite complicated. Those interested in greater detail should read this Reuters article on the subject.

The Guardian:

The 39-year-old Australian, who denies the allegations, was driven away in a white prison van after an extraordinary one-hour hearing at City of Westminster magistrates court. The district judge, Howard Riddle, ruled there was a risk Assange would fail to surrender if granted bail.

Despite Jemima Khan, former wife of Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan, the campaigning journalist John Pilger, the British film director Ken Loach and others offering to stand surety totalling £180,000, the judge said Assange’s “weak community ties” in the UK, and his “means and ability” to abscond, were “substantial grounds” for refusing bail.

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By markulyseas, December 13, 2010 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

In defense of Julian Assange

What is the truth behind the leaks?
Why does Julian Assange do what he does?
Who is responsible for the leaks and what will be the repercussions?
Is this manifestation of the Ego, self-destruction or colon cleansing of society?

I suppose history always decides this in hindsight but in the meantime let us speak in defense of Julian Assange, a knight out of Camelot, seeking the right to expose the truth thereby endangering his life for the sake of cyberspace freedom.

The publication of embassy cables, secret communication between politicians and government officials across the globe has come as a ray of hope for those who seek the truth in world affairs. Interestingly, it has impacted individual pride, exposed skewered government directives, and enlightened all to the prevalent political septicemia e.g. politicians appearing in the media saying one thing while missives to their respective governments reflecting the opposite. The mask is off. The pantomime has become a parody of puerile political shenanigans.

Julian Assange is not a criminal though he has been a wayward computer hacker in the past. This should not be held against him or used as an excuse to brand him a spy, traitor or a thief. For want of a better word he is the sorcerer of revelations – unfettered by social structures and conditioned perspectives of a modern society. Assange is the new age gladiator fighting against overwhelming odds; his sword being Wikileaks that delivers the message of truth in the macrocosm of the internet. He probably knows he is a dead man walking.

Those against this knight who cannot refute the damning evidence seek to discredit him by attempting to incarcerate this harbinger of truth on charges that have no bearing in the realm of exposures; And through his prosecution hope to enforce the laws of an alien land. Many hyper ventilating citizens of this alien land have shouted for his assassination and have suggested unspeakable retribution. This attempt at enforcing world domination is thinly disguised as concern for national security. Sadly, it emanates from a land that is often perceived as the personification of Freedom and the First Amendment.

Humanity has spoken in a devastating manner to deliver the message that a new world is dawning and it is for the people, by the people and with the people. We are witnessing a revolution in the ongoing evolution of cyberspace and individual freedom. The frontiers of Free Speech are pushing further towards a brave new world that could lead to a Village Earth i.e. humanity as one, living in peace, without the unnatural warped boundaries of countries and heady political concoctions.

But before this can happen, we are all on trial and the outcome depends on the acquittal of Julian Assange.

Please let truth prevail.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

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By Kath Cantarella, December 11, 2010 at 1:53 am Link to this comment
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In a post on this thread I mentioned Assange, Wikileaks and Anonymous in the same sentence, not meaning to conflate the three separate entities. Assange is a journo, not a hacker, as he has said many times over the years.

Should also clarify that I support the idea of Anonymous as a crusading community organisation, and a support network, but I don’t condone illegal acts. Dissident acts with a legal justification under a well-crafted Constitution are another matter.

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By fearnotruth, December 10, 2010 at 12:22 am Link to this comment

RE: Killing him will only tune up others’ martyr complexes, and it certainly
won’t stop people from exposing the nefarious deeds of those malevolent
authoritarian conspiracies.

some are seeing an fale flag provocation to severely rein in the net - lots of
postings around - too pressed just now to look any up

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By Anarcissie, December 9, 2010 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

It depend what you mean by ‘right wing’.  Once upon a time, the Right was the party of authority and the Left was the party of liberty.  However, in the 20th century authoritarians began to call themselves ‘liberals’ and ‘leftists’, and a lot of people went along with it, to the extent that the terms became nearly meaningless.  We can say, going by Assange’s writings over the last few years, that he is strongly anti-authoritarian except possibly when he’s the authority.

The business about Israel seems highly speculative.  However, it is true that many of his former associates and supporters seem to have spun off and are planning on new sites and other modes of ‘leaking’ because they found Assange too controlling.  The dikes of authority, including Assange’s, are springing many leaks.  For this reason, the vendetta against Assange seems particularly useless.  Killing him will only tune up others’ martyr complexes, and it certainly won’t stop people from exposing the nefarious deeds of those malevolent authoritarian conspiracies.

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By fearnotruth, December 9, 2010 at 4:12 am Link to this comment

RE: If this were some right wing guy…

who says he’s not; e.g.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/07/18665978.php

WikiLeaks ‘struck a deal with Israel’ over diplomatic cables leaks

by LikiWeaks

Tuesday Dec 7th, 2010 6:39 PM

We should obviously all support WikiLeaks and its founder and spokesperson,
Julian Assange, who has just been arrested in Britain, in this dirty war by states
around the globe against transparency and openness. But in the world of
politics, sadly, things are never as innocent as they appear. According to new
revelations, Assange had allegedly struck a deal with Israel before the recent
‘cable gate’, which may explain why the leaks “were good for Israel,” as the
Israeli prime minister put it.

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By Kath Cantarella, December 9, 2010 at 3:07 am Link to this comment
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Join the Australian GetUp! campaign to help Julian:

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/Wikileaks&id=1489

Or there’s a similar effort at Avaaz.

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By Kath Cantarella, December 9, 2010 at 1:01 am Link to this comment
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After reading so many sickening comments on Facebook, and Australian media sites, I’m grateful that Truthdiggers have posted very few vicious comments about the alleged victims (maybe I should thank the editors?). There’s no need to denigrate the Swedish women involved without knowing the full facts of the case. Or even after. A woman doesn’t report a sex incident without paying severely for it in the court, in the media (whether or not her identity is leaked, she knows who you’re talking about), and in her social life. I support Assange, Anonymous, and Wikileaks but I don’t support anyone blindly. The US authorities are right now desperately searching for some evidence of Assange’s hacking into US systems (which would bring his cyber-activities into US jurisdiction), or contact with Manning that could amount to inducement, or some legally controversial way to do the morally wrong thing, and they have found half of a convenient solution in Sweden. They must be watched carefully, and any illegal move has to held to account in a very public manner.
Assange’s not guilty of any crime the US has accused him of, and being heavy-handed with some other charge in some other country on weak evidence is an abuse of the legal system. Most men don’t even get charged for rape cases like this, even in Sweden. That does not mean the women involved are being malicious. But the states involved obviously are.

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By Anarcissie, December 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

faith, December 8 at 7:12 am:

Patriot, this is going on in the U.K, .not the U. S. ...

I don’t think it makes a lot of difference.  Great Britain’s government, on the whole, has been an obsequious satellite of the U.S.  I would say Mr. Assange’s life is in considerable danger.  It would not surprise me to hear that he had ‘committed suicide’ at any moment now.  Meanwhile, I read that U.S. authorities are working night and day to find some way of extraditing him to the U.S. where he can be worked on more conveniently and with less danger of exposure.

However, one could guess that they will spend some time trying to crack the code of the ‘bomb’ before deciding what to do.

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By rico, suave, December 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

If this were some right wing guy, you wouldn’t hear “The case is actually quite complicated” anywhere. It would be rape, castrate the bastard, on to the next drama. What’s complicated is the tapdance the left has to do to explain away Assange’s crimes.

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By JohannG, December 8, 2010 at 10:02 am Link to this comment

Waiting for someone inside the Swedish prosecutors
office to “leak” the real inside story of this to
Wikileaks…this case has all the overtones of being
politically motivated. No bail for someone who is not
even charged with a crime?
Of course, if you read the U.S. mainstream press you
get the impression that Mr. Assagne is some kind of
deranged sex fiend, and that by implication Wikileaks
is a morally reprehensible organization. What b.s.

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By faith, December 8, 2010 at 2:12 am Link to this comment

Patriot, this is going on in the U.K, .not the U. S.
Although I think the charges and refusal of bail are demonstrating that the issue
is much larger than one man, one site, or charge.  This is really scary stuff. 
Because the courts in Britain refused to grant bail, especially with notable
individuals present who were willing to vouch for Assange and provide his bail
there is a serious sense of the power and danger surrounding Wiki.  Wow.  Scary
times.  Liberties are tenuous at best.

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By fearnotruth, December 8, 2010 at 12:24 am Link to this comment

GORDON DUFF: WIKILEAKS: CONSPIRACY THEORY AND THE ASSANGE
ARREST

December 7, 2010 posted by Gordon Duff - http://tinyurl.com/26tlhwx

[...excerpt…]

“JOURNALISM WARS”

Of all media outlets, the “alternative news” or “fringe” have had the biggest gains through Wikileaks.  With coverage from traditional sources increasingly being seen as dry and repetitive, only the “alternative” press, almost all internet based, has been able to exploit rumors or, in many cases, do controversial “in depth” analysis that the mainstream press is no longer capable of.

[...excerpt…]

One online writer stated today;
“Seeing writers nobody has heard of fighting over Julian Assange, attacking his critics with a near religious fervor, is actually quite funny.  The critics of Assange have had impact, there is no doubt about it.  Assange is vulnerable and there are too many strange coincidences with Wikileaks.  But for writers to be at war with one another, as though they were celebrities themselves, this is pure narcissistic delusion.”

The accusations regarding Wikileaks have generally been tied to their reputed love affair with Israel.  Prime Minister Netanyahu praises them while leaders across the Middle East remain silent, their military and intelligence analysts flooding the press with analytical charts and “white papers” intended to prove Wikileaks to be fraudulent and part of an intelligence operation by a hostile state, generally Israel or the American CIA.

Similarly, “alternative” journalists who either defend or criticize Wikileaks are subject to accusations of being “shills” for Israel, the “Illuminati” or a “Freemason” conspriracy.  Some have theorized that George Soros may be orchestrating all of it, the leaks, the attacks on the leaks, even the Swedish rape charges.

[...excerpt…]

ALAN SABROSKY AND ASSANGE
Dr. Sabrosky, former War College Middle East Studies specialist and editor of
Veterans Today takes a strong view on bias in Wikileaks:

The one striking exception in all of this global tour de farce<sic.> is the Middle
East. Certainly, even aside from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s fulsome
praise of Binyamin Netanyahu, what is said and what is not, represent the
message Israel and its partisans in the US Government (itself heavily Zionist and
“Israel First” in orientation) want the world to hear, believe and accept. The
message coming across in the US diplomatic cables could have been designed
and drafted by Avigdor Lieberman, and who knows? It may have been…

The other part of the covert theme is the apparent absence of anything tough
on Israel, which means that anything of the sort is Top Secret or better, was
excised from the cables that were released, or simply doesn’t matter at all to
anyone in or out of the Middle East. The Arab nations for many years have
feared a real nuclear threat from Israel, not a fabricated threat by Iran, but
nothing like that comes across, despite 60-plus years of hostility from most to
Israel and its ambitions.

Far more significant to me is the utter lack to date of scathing commentaries on
Israel and its policies, leadership and actions from SOMEWHERE in the world.
Even if Arab leaders felt there was no point in doing so with the Americans,
most others would not feel so constrained. Something surely must have come to
the attention of the US ambassadors to (e.g.) Turkey, South Africa, Brazil and
Ireland, just to name a few of the many who have bitterly condemned Israel,
and especially the disgusting duo of Netanyahu and Lieberman to say nothing of
their predecessors, for what they have done to Palestine and the Lebanon; for
Operation Cast Lead; for the settlements; for flagrant violations of UN
Resolutions and the murder of UN officials; for Israel’s hostility to the
Goldstone Report; for the blockade; for land expropriation; and for sheer
thuggery and brutality.

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By Peter Knopfler, December 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment

Hey EVERYONE HAPPY PEARL HARBOR DAY, feel bad for
Julian Assange arrested on Pearl Day sounds suicidal
Kamakazi, and sex without a condom even when begging
for it, is rape in Sweden, give me a massage.

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By Lincoln, December 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment
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No bail for a broken condom mishap?  The legal system is a farce.

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By gerard, December 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

FRT:  Ask the American Civil Liberties Union.

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By FRTothus, December 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

How do we support a legal defense fund?

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