WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail this morning in a London courtroom, but already reports suggest Swedish prosecutors plan to appeal his release. If released, Assange would have to wear an electronic tracking device and would have heavy travel restrictions. Although the biggest impediment to temporary freedom might be raising the hefty amount of bail required: £240,000 ($320,000).
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore announced on his blog that he would contribute $20,000 to Assange’s bail, because Wikileaks works “to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.” Hmm, if it’s so important to Moore, why not foot the entire bill?
Given Assange’s recent lashing out at certain corporations, “we now know that Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and others are instruments of U. S. foreign policy,” Assange’s attorney Mark Stephens showed a bit of humor concluding “it’s a pity that he can’t use Mastercard or Visa in order to assist him to [come up with the bail money].” Stay tuned to see if any other activist celebrities join Moore with financial support for Assange.
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