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- December 15, 2010, 9:39AM
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- December 15, 2010, 9:26AM
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It’s a clear breach of human rights. This is farcical. An absolutely, shameless disgrace IMO. It’s disappointing and confusing that the authorities can get away with holding him in jail, when he is innocent, and has not been proven guilty.
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Photo: AFP “I just want to thank everyone who’s turned up to show their support and who’s taken an interest,” she said. “I told him how people all over the world, in all sorts of countries, were standing up with placards and screaming out for his freedom and justice and he was very heartened by that,” she said. Ms Assange said that she had spoken to her son in prison. Click for more photos

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Protesters hold placards as they demonstrate in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, ahead of his hearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court, in London.
All of this is taking place in the pinpoint glare of headline news across the globe. The blatant bias shown by the authorities in this case is breathtaking. Are the powers that be so confident in their dominion over us that they believe they can pursue this abuse of power as if it was legitimate?? In the same week, a murder suspect is granted bail and allowed to walk out the door. Assange was going to have to be confined to a specific address and wear a GPS tracker.
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Photo: Getty Images Remaining in custody … Julian Assange gestures from inside a prison van as he leaves court.
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The quicker we divorce Oz from Big Brother across the Pacific the better off we’ll be. This has torn it all down in two weeks and I’m ashamed to ever having been associated with what appears to have become a “secret society” controlled by America. I lived in Stockhom (Solna) for a number of years completely taken in by the openness of Swedish society.
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At least we now know for sure that these accusations are really an attempt to silence Assange. Swedish prosecutors are appealing the bail decision, which has strict tracking and reporting conditions (flight risk is minimised or eliminated).
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  He will now be held there for another 48 hours while Swedish prosecutors, who want to extradite him to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, mount a High Court appeal against the decision.   Mr Assange’s legal team, led by Australian born QC, Geoffrey Robertson, offered a total of £240,000 ($380,000) in surety, and agreed he wear GPS satellite tracking tags, report to police every day and adhere to strict curfews while the extradition case, set down for next month, goes ahead.   This decision had to be made within two hours of the 3.20pm (British time) decision to grant bail – and now requires the appeal case to be heard in the British High Court within a 48-hour deadline.

Mr Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens said his client’s relief at the bail decision had already evaporated, calling it “unfortunate” that “the Swedes won’t abide by the umpire’s decision”.   Mr Assange, 39, looked impassive as Mr Riddle made his decision, but raised an eyebrow and smiled almost imperceptibly when Gemma Lindfield, acting for the Swedish authorities, flagged the possibility of an appeal. “This is really turning into a show trial.” “They clearly will not spare any expense but to keep Mr Assange in jail,” Mr Stephens told journalists outside the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London.   The magistrate, Howard Riddle, said he was satisfied that Mr Assange’s release to Captain Henry Vaughan Smith, owner of London’s Frontline Club, and his restriction to the 10-bedroom, 600-acre country estate in Suffolk would ensure he was not a flight risk. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been returned to London’s notorious Wandsworth prison despite winning bail from a British Court.
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- December 15, 2010, 9:26AM
As I have written before Sweden will do everything it can to please the USA
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  Mr Assange is accused of having unprotected sex with a woman, identified only as Miss A, when she insisted he use a condom. Mr Assange claims the charges are politically motivated and designed to discredit him and his site’s publication of thousands of diplomatic cables between the US and its embassies. During the  hearing, Mr Robertson said the man whose “face had launched a thousand quips” had been held in a virtual bubble, unable to use the internet, to receive telephone calls or to receive normal mail – even a copy of Time magazine with his picture on the cover, but being given by prison authorities only the envelope it was sent in. “As a mother, I’m asking the world to stand up for my brave son.”

There was some confusion last night about who was contributing the bail money – £200,000, with another two lots of £20,000. However, she retracted claims that he had entered Britain illegally, saying that this report to the court last week was not correct. – with wires

69 comments so far   It is understood to have been offered by several high-profile individuals including Ms Saunders, journalist John Pilger, socialite Jemima Khan, filmmakers Tariq Ali, Ken Loach and Michael Moore, journalist and writer Yvonne Ridley, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and Gavin Macfadyen of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. He is also accused of having unprotected sex with another woman, Miss W, while she was asleep. Ms Lindfield said that Mr Assange was a flight risk last week – and nothing had changed this week.
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I call upon Kevin Rudd to act now, regardless of what Gillard or Mclelland think about the situation, and to prevent a huge backlash and outcry against the Australian, Swedish and American government. Julian Assange hasn’t even been charged with anything, he is only wanted for questioning, so the behaviour by the Swedish prosecutor is totally disproportionate to the alleged crime, which does more to confirm the political motives rather than dispel them.If Assange were unknown, there probably wouldn’t even be an Interpol arrest warrant, let alone an appeal against his bail.By any standards this is a travesty of justice, and an abuse of human rights. This is a show trial indeed. We can only assume that the US has put so much pressure on Sweden to do their dirty work for them, that they don’t care about the repercussions. Unless this is done, Julian Assange cannot be assured a fair hearing by the Swedish, and can expect to be denied his legal and human rights by being jailed unfairly and/or being handed over the the US government. It is ironic that Sweden should have one of the highest ranking in terms of freedom of the press, but chooses to abuse its position with this persecution of Assange.It is time for the Australian government to take a stronger stand, and make a formal protest to Sweden & demand that it conduct Assange’s questioning in the UK under consulate supervision to ensure a fair hearing. The Australian people will not allow another Australian to be abused by the Americans and its allies.
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- December 15, 2010, 9:29AM
he has not even been charged, but they have issued an arrest warrant and applied for extradition. As someone said – they are conducting a fishing expedition and as a result the guy is deprived of his liberty.I cancelled my Visa card..People need to stand up and be counted on this – its not just about JA its about the rights and freedoms which we should all have, and how ‘democratic’ govts and mega corporations are eroding and abusing them. So much for everyone being equal before the law.Additionally the Swedes are abusing the EU extradition system …. Now they ‘withdraw’ that claim. ANYONE else would have got bail the first trime. So on the extradition application the prosecutor claimed he had entered the UK illegally?Presumably that was a factor taken into consideration when bail was denied him. Absolutely unbelievable. Clearly he is being pursued and dealt with in an exceptional manner.
Just 40 people were allowed into the courtroom. Photo: AFP Julian Assange arrives in a police vehicle for his court appearance. Supporters who entered the court included Bianca Jagger, human rights lawyer and friend Baroness Helena Kennedy and London caterer and restaurant designer Sarah Saunders, who told the court she had staked “everything” she was worth to help find the minimum £200,000 in bail required by the court. Ms Saunders described Mr Assange, as “warm, sensitive and trustworthy”, things his lawyer said were not often written about him.

Mr Assange’s mother, Christine Assange, looked tired, but was in the public gallery throughout and her son, dressed in a black suit and white collared shirt without tie, shot glances over to her as if in reassurance.
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Standing on the dock City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court at LondonTrying to get to Holland or FranceThe Swedes Said, “You’ve gotta go back”You know, they didn’t even give us a chanceChrist, you know it ain’t easyYou know how hard it can beThe way things are goingThey’re gonna crucify meHopefully Julian doesn’t get knocked off, the world needs brave men, that are not just greedy primates
First Ammendment may talk the talk, but us Brtis walk the walk…Good luck wrestling this man off their protection USA and Sweden, as I think you’re about to learn what a Bulldog’s grip is like!
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The Prime Minister and the Attorney General gave the go ahead to deprive his human rights by the comments that they have made. Rudd, although blasted in the cables, and although by most accounts whats written in the cables are correct has come off much better looking than the PM and the AG in this farce. Mr. What else do you expect when your own country’s Chief legal officer and your own Prime Minister denounces you even before you are charged? The signals given were that legal authorities overseas could do whatever they liked to Julian Assange.What happened to fair go, Ned Kelly admiration etc and everything that what considered quintessentially Australian?
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