WikiLeaks’ Assange Granted Bail, Michael Moore Opens Checkbook
December 14, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—With the surprising news that anarchist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail by British authorities, after spending a week in prison, filmmaker Michael Moore has come forward with an open checkbook to help spring Assange. Talk about strange bedfellows. Moore posted a screed on his website, calling for support of openness and transparency in the face of corruption.
Assange was granted a release on $310,000 bail by a London judge, but he still remains behind bars until Swedish authorities appeal the court’s decision. Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange on charges of alleged rape and sexual misconduct.
If released, Assange must wear an electronic tag make daily appearances to the local police station.
“In granting bail, 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.”
Meanwhile, Michael Moore, known for his documentaries “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and “Sicko” is kicking in $20,000 for Assange’s bail and even offering the use of his servers for WikiLeaks’ leaking activities.
“Openness, transparency — these are among the few weapons the citizenry has to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt,” writes Moore in a public letter published on his website. “What if within days of August 4th, 1964 — after the Pentagon had made up the lie that our ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin — there had been a WikiLeaks to tell the American people that the whole thing was made up? I guess 58,000 of our soldiers (and 2 million Vietnamese) might be alive today. Instead, secrets killed them,” writes Moore on is website, explaining why he is contributing towards Assange’s bail.
Moore goes on to say WikiLeaks’ activities may shine the light on “warmongers.”
“They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others,” explains Moore. “Perhaps the next war won’t be so easy because the tables have been turned — and now it’s Big Brother who’s being watched … by us!”
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Prognosic/Michael More 2004/Creative Commons Attribution.