Julian Assange bail confirmed by high court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been granted bail by the Westminster magistrates court, but that was appealed (see below for more on who made the appeal). The British high court has now ruled in Assange’s favor, confirming the granting of bail. Release is expected soon.

The Guardian:

Britain’s high court today granted bail to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape.

Mr Justice Duncan Ouseley agreed with a decision by City of Westminister magistrates court earlier in the week to release Assange on strict conditions: £200,000 cash deposit, with a further £40,000 guaranteed in two sureties of £20,000, and strict conditions on his movement. …

There was an early sign that the day would go in Assange’s favour when Ouseley said: “The history of the way it [the case] has been dealt with by the Swedish prosecutors would give Mr Assange some basis that he might be acquitted following a trial.”

Looks like Assange was given the Bradley Manning treatment:

Assange has been held in solitary confinement, released from his cell for only one hour a day, and his mail has been heavily censored, according to his supporters.

As to who made the appeal, it seems the Swedes were not the perps in this instance, but the Brits themselves:

Meanwhile, it emerged that the decision to seek a remand in custody for Assange was taken by the British authorities and not by prosecutors in Sweden.

Add those last two quotes together, and we’re in full Enemy of the State territory. Thank God we have those freedom-loving anti-government Tea-types standing tall in this country.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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