Assange to be freed, bail raised to $370,000

tumblr_ldgnumkIYG1qd5ygvo1_500.jpg Julian Assange is to be freed. A British judge, after ruling that he would no longer permit journalists to report 'live' on twitter from his courtroom, denied an appeal against Assange's conditional bail today. It emerged yesterday that the appeal was pursued by prosecutors in England without co-operation from their Swedish counterparts, whose allegations of sexual assault led to Assange being taken into custody by British police. Assange denies the allegations, and some suggest that prosecutors in both countries are allowing themselves to be politically influenced. Assange is the founder and coordinator of whistleblower clearing house Wikileaks, whose steady drumbeat of disclosures has embarrassed the U.S. government and others. His lawyer, Mark Stephens, said he was shocked by British prosecutors' decision to independently challenge Assange's release, despite his having been accused of no crime in the U.K.: "They said yesterday that they were acting on behalf of the Swedish authorities ... It's fair to say that this is all a bit fishy." Justice Ounsley's ruling was made at 1 p.m. GMT and Assange is expected to be released as soon as paperwork on his £240,000 bail is done, according to the BBC. He'll be under 'mansion arrest' at the country home of a wealthy British journalist, having handed over his passport. Photo: Reuters Update: Assange isn't out yet: the NYT reports that there will be tighter movement restrictions, and that 'formalities' may result in him not being released today.


  1. More farce: One of the conditions for the original bail, granted on Tuesday, is Assange reporting to a police station in Bungay, Suffolk, every day at 6pm. It turns out that there isn’t a police station in Bungay and the nearest police station is Beccles – which is only open between 2pm and 5pm and closed over much of Christmas.

    1. what does that remind me of? Ahhhh, yes…

      “But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

      “Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”

      “But the plans were on display …”

      “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

      “That’s the display department.”

      “With a flashlight.”

      “Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”

      “So had the stairs.”

      “But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”

      “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”

  2. The only way to get un-railroaded is to take a different means of travel: the prediction is a serious offensive maneuver from WikiLeaks is on the near horizon. A massive (but not full) release on multiple simultaneous fronts: banking, us cables, and probably some really unexpected stuff nobody saw coming, like, ahem… China. We’ll see.

  3. His arrest for “rape” is bogus — even if he did as the victims allege that is an extremely broad rape definition.

    They should have rendered him to the U.S. on national security. Let’s punish the guy for the bad things he actually did.

    I dare him to leak on Russia and China — that would resolve the issue for all involved.

    1. Let’s punish the guy for the bad things he actually did.

      He probably doesn’t call his mother as often as he should. Perhaps you could let us know if there’s a law against that.

    2. Let’s punish the guy for the bad things he actually did.

      You mean act as a journalist who publishes things like one would expect in a free society?

    3. Let’s punish the guy for the bad things he actually did.

      For example, in this photograph he’s CRUSHING YOUR HEAD! HE’S CRUSHING YOUR HEAD! Hello, Mr. Paparazzi… how will you take my picture if I CRUSH YOUR HEAD?!

    4. I dare him to leak on Russia and China — that would resolve the issue for all involved.

      You DO know that they only leak what they have…..

      I also have noticed an absence of leaks on Manchuria (a real country!), the independent kingdom of Zanzibar, and the war in East Pakistan.

      Or just maybe you know a bit too much mwhahahaahahahahhhah!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!jhhsjfguaisjnfbehjsknfcgsmghbdxiv35j6wx36g79356eu2b374267

    5. Way to paint yourself as ill-informed, a male chauvinist and an unthinking “patriotic” American in one comment.

  4. “Bailiff, please inform the Court when the kangaroos have arrived so that we can get this trial underway.”

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