Wikileaks: Assange bail hearing in UK today, statement from jail

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Lawyers for Julian Assange will today attempt to gain bail for the Wikileaks founder, who is currently being held in a UK prison on sex crime charges.

• Anonymous may target UK websites if bail is denied.

Assange issued a statement from jail by way of his mother, which said in part, "We now know that Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are instruments of US foreign policy. It's not something we knew before."

Assange's attorney Mark Stephens: "We have heard from the Swedish authorities that there has been a secretly impaneled grand jury in Alexandria (Virginia)." By the way, Mark Stephens is on Twitter.