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Second bail hearing for WikiLeaks' Assange

AFP/The Local · 14 Dec 2010, 08:38

Published: 14 Dec 2010 08:38 GMT+01:00

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The 39-year-old Australian will make his second appearance at court in London since his detention one week ago under an international warrant sent out by Sweden.

His arrest came shortly after his whistle-blowing website started releasing tens of thousands of leaked US diplomatic cables, in a move that has infuriated Washington.

Supporters of Assange and his site are expected to protest outside the City of Westminster Magistrates Court amid a growing backlash against his arrest.

On Monday, demonstrators gathered outside the Swedish embassy in London to protest against Assange's detention.

Swedish authorities want to question Assange over allegations of rape and molestation made against him by two women in relation to incidents during his visit there in August.

Assange denies the allegations and his lawyers have condemned them as politically motivated. However, Swedish officials have retorted that the allegations have nothing to do with WikiLeaks.

At a hearing last week, Assange was refused bail and jailed as he was deemed a flight risk. His legal team are to reapply for bail at Tuesday's hearing, where he will be represented by high-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.

There has been a groundswell of support for Assange since his arrest. A petition on campaigning website Avaaz, which condemns what it terms as the crackdown on WikiLeaks, had attracted more than 600,000 signatories by midnight local time on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, computer hackers have targeted companies that have withdrawn their commercial services from WikiLeaks, such as Amazon and PayPal.

The Stop The War Coalition, which is organising the protest outside court, claims the US government and its allies have built up a campaign against Assange which culminated in his detention "on dubious charges".

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WikiLeaks began releasing the leaked US cables at the end of last month in a move that has infuriated Washington and which US President Barack Obama has denouncing it as "deplorable."

Various countries have also tried to close down the site, sending it jumping from server to server in a bid to stay online.

Assange's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said a secret US grand jury had been set up in Virginia to work on charges that could be filed against the WikiLeaks founder in comments to broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Monday.

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12:26 December 14, 2010 by grantike
Assange get to the court. the defense lawyers keep talking to the press to get peoples sympathy "NOT MINE ".get him and charge him for felon.a well known hacker.i guess America should also charge him for espionage and theft of government property is that felon ?BRING HIM BACK TO SWEDEN BY FORCE.after this you should have learn your lesson.cut your coat according to your size
15:45 December 14, 2010 by OnessOfMankind

with a mind like yours you should live in Syria or north korea.

super clever you are ...you have a very wide perspective to see the truth.

but i suggest you count untll 10 before you jott down your comment and do your studies.
16:35 December 14, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
News has it that hes been granted bail. but must submit his pass to police and wear electronic tag. bbc
16:53 December 14, 2010 by woder
Good news re the bail - £200,000 - wow and that's just because he's wanted for questioning - makes you wonder how here in England suspected rapists who are actually charged with the offence get out and do it again because they know they'll be in prison for years.

Couldn't be because he's embarrassed some people could it?
17:03 December 14, 2010 by peno
This whole Wikileaks thing is very funny. The string of events surrounding is more than it can be understood or what some of those in authority are trying to make us understand.

Ok, so Assange had sex with these women in Stockholm. One is claiming he had an unprotected sex with her and the other was that he had sex with her whilst she was asleep. For me, these accusations are bothering on the absurd. Even a young person will not do such a silly mistake. How come she did not leave the apartment when she found out that he had no condom with him? How come the sleeping woman did not scream for help when he was climbing on top of her to "rape" her as they are trying to make us understand. I mean, these are issues that makes it worrisome. The whole case lacks substance and it was the right decision that the first fired Public Prosecutor came to. How the Public Prosecutor was sacked smacks of bad taste as well. For God's sake, if there was consent on the part of both ladies to have an affair with Assange, then there is nothing wrong with him although I feel greediness got the better part of him.

If governments feel their citizens do not have right to information, then they should not have communication outfits. It is our right to be informed and we deserve it even though am oblivious of the fact that, one's rights begins when another's ends.
17:07 December 14, 2010 by bolababu
Sweden will definitely come to some kind of embarrasment when this is over, it is fair to shout freedom of press at the top of your voices when people draw pictures to insult other people's beliefs but not fair when secret documents that show us the exact kind of world we live in are exposed.

Both situations are about the same kind as long as they both put human lives at risk considering the fact that the bombings in Stockholm are alleged to be a result of the provocation from Lars Vilk's catoon but Assange's crime is embarrassing the almighty uncle Sam and putting America's spies and informants in danger. Freedom of press should truely be freedom of press.
19:34 December 14, 2010 by Gojam
Sweden is becoming a disgrace!

It is undermining the purpose of the European Arrest Warrant.

The whole of Europe is watching !

It's a shame because you Swedes have a pretty good historical reputation.It's disappearing fast.

I can only believe that your media is forcing you to watch propaganda.

Love from the UK.
20:03 December 14, 2010 by Dubman
How low can Swedish prosecutors go? It is now 100% clear that the Swedish regime is now bowing on both buckled knees to the Imperial whimpers of the American warlords. A tragic time is this in Swedish history Sad!
20:19 December 14, 2010 by don willer
The first post from grantike, where does this clown come from, only people with an extremely limited knowledge of legal procedures make such inane comments. I wonder if he got himself into a pickle would he want the protection of Habeas Corpus ? I suspect from his post that he is an American, America is a great country but like many countries a large number don't appreciate their legal system, he should try Iran, North Korea, or Myanmar. He should turn off Fox News and read the constitution, SHAME on him !!
22:12 December 14, 2010 by grantike

wow from your reply i think you should change your name to JUDGE . i need to know why people are supporting this guy. just one reason i don't get it.super hero for what exactly revealing secrets ? seriously ?.now you are calling whatever because i said my mind .jump into water if you don't like Sweden

@don willer am not American and am from here 100% are you suppose to attack me or the issues on board .swallow mind.imagine pot calling kettle black.which are you ?

Also if i were American i wouldn't watch fox news anyways
21:34 December 15, 2010 by alecLoTh

People support this guy because they know an injustice is being used to cover other injustices....read for yourself what is really the problem here

01:00 December 16, 2010 by PaulPC
News just breaking, according to The Guardian, it was a decision by the British prosecution to appeal bail, not the Swedish prosecution:


Best thing the Swedish prosecution could do is either drop the case for lack of coherent evidence or interview Assange in London.
01:02 December 16, 2010 by PaulPC
This blog post (in Swedish) is very revealing about the Swedish prosecution case:


(Non-Swedish speakers can use Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/#)
19:08 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
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