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Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail 987

digitaldc quotes Michael Moore in a story running on the Huffington Post where he says "Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail. Furthermore, I (Michael Moore) am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars."
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Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail

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  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @11:50AM (#34547548) Homepage

    Having a successful Hollywood producer with a track record of successfully embarrassing big companies and governments as a supporter can't hurt.

    • by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:04PM (#34547774) Homepage Journal

      Except that his movies made at least one completely false statement that I know of for sure. He said that factory that was making the Titan IV was making ballistic missiles. It is not and has never been a ballistic missile. It was based on the Titan II which was ballistic missile but was retired from service long ago.

  • by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @11:52AM (#34547598)
    Someone tell me the IP address of the website where I see Assange's bail.
  • by BigBadBus ( 653823 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:00PM (#34547720) Homepage
    Moore has only posted SOME of the bail money; the title of the article needs changing.
  • by HeckRuler ( 1369601 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:01PM (#34547732)
    That's probably going to hurt Julian in the long run. Michael Moore is kind of the Rush Limbaugh of the Liberals, and as odd as it is, it seems that the two-party system here has decided that Wikileaks is on the liberal side. So this will only re-enforce that.

    I'm still confused why the people that are supposed to be for a smaller government would be nay saying evidence that big government is doing horrible things behind our backs.
  • by diskofish ( 1037768 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:05PM (#34547790)
    I am not a Michael Moore fan, but he should be lauded for the action. Hopefully others will follow Mr. Moore's lead and take a stand for freedom of speech.
  • by maroberts ( 15852 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:08PM (#34547836) Homepage Journal

    You do not have to post any actual money when you provide a surety in the UK. You only have to show that you have the sum available and are liable for the sum in the event the (alleged) offender breaches bail conditions in some significant manner. See http://www.yourrights.org.uk/yourrights/the-rights-of-defendants/bail.html [yourrights.org.uk] for a further explanation.

  • by dcigary ( 221160 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:14PM (#34547970) Homepage

    If would be sweet, sweet irony if it turns out that Wikileaks has something on Michael Moore, like that's he a paid corporate shill, or that he has an account on iheart12yoldboys.com. /just sayin'

  • Common sense wins (Score:5, Interesting)

    by horza ( 87255 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:27PM (#34548242) Homepage

    Journalist John Pilger and socialite Jemima Khan are putting up $31,600 surety each, with bail set at $380,000. It looks like enough people like Michael Moore have guaranteed the bail money as he has been bailed pending appeal [bbc.co.uk] (the prosecutors have 2 hours to appeal). He should be released by the end of the day.

    He has had his passport confiscated, been electronically tagged, is under curfew and house arrest during the evenings, and must report to the police station every day. This is fair enough, it is no different to any other offender afaik. Certainly not the Guantamo Bay scenario he has had the past week, with "absolutely no access to any electronic equipment, no access to the outside world, no access to outside media" and no correspondence allowed.

    The fast tracking through political influence, and the imprisonment for an as yet unfounded allegation in a foreign country, is a blot on our country's record, but it's good to see our strong and mostly fair legal system reassert itself after a short delay.


    • Re:Common sense wins (Score:5, Informative)

      by horza ( 87255 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:44PM (#34548562) Homepage

      Sorry to reply to my own post, but things have changed. Sweden have now decided they want to appeal against the bail, but have declined to provide any evidence as to any crimes committed. It looks like a vindictive attack is in process to keep him in jail and incommunicado as long as possible. Also the courts aren't taking cheques as they take 7 days to clear, so $380,000 has to be found in used pound notes. Looks like restaurant designer Sarah Saunders, who is putting up $237,000 of bail money, is going to be making a large withdrawal.

      In addition to conditions above, curfew from 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am according to the BBC. What a coincidence these are the hours that cover the prime-time news slots.


      • by Arccot ( 1115809 )

        In addition to conditions above, curfew from 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am according to the BBC. What a coincidence these are the hours that cover the prime-time news slots.

        That part isn't really a concern, since he doesn't have to be in studio to do a live interview. And of course, a taped interview can be recorded anytime.

  • by l0ungeb0y ( 442022 ) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:40PM (#34548480) Homepage Journal

    If Assange goes missing and Moore puts on another 90lbs, I think we can chalk this up as the most expensive Take-Out meal ever

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter