Raggle-taggle of ‘household names’ supplied huge sums in the direction of WikiLeaks founder’s failed bail plea
The already curious case of Julian Assange took an additional weird twist yesterday once the court learned that a raggle-taggle of “household names” were ready to stake their reputation in his circumstance, providing sureties to the court having a whole worth of £180,000.
In spite of claiming to not know Assange, the film-maker Ken Loach and the socialite and charity fundraiser Jemima Khan stood before Westminster magistrates and provided big sums in the direction of Assange’s bail, though bail was later refused.
Providing £20,000, Loach mentioned he did not know Assange aside from by status, but additional: “I assume the function he has done has been a public service. I think we are entitled to know the dealings of individuals that govern us.”
Khan offered an additional £20,000, “or a lot more if need be”.
Inside a assertion later, she stated: “I make no judgment of Julian Assange as an individual as I’ve never met him. I am offering my assistance to him as I think in the universal right to freedom of knowledge and our proper to become informed the reality.”
On her Twitter feed last month, Khan requested if Assange was “the new Jason Bourne”, a reference for the fictional action hero developed by the thriller author Robert Ludlum. The submit has considering that been deleted.
The journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, who also presented £20,000, stated he knew Assange as being a journalist and personal pal and had a “very high regard for him”.
The biggest donation of £80,000 was supplied by an unknown American relation who did not need to be named due to the fact of concern for his security.
Patricia David, a professor, and the top rated lawyer Geoffrey Sheen every single supplied up £20,000 surety on grounds that they had invested their lives fighting for human rights.
Outdoors court Pilger said: “This business in Sweden is a travesty; an harmless guy includes a proper to be no cost.
“Having his freedom taken away is outrageous. Sweden really should be ashamed. This is not justice – this really is outrageous.”
He extra: “Behind this he has produced plenty of enemies, the principal one particular being the warmonger, the usa.”
Howard Riddle, the decide at the court in Horseferry Street, London, commended 4 of your sureties for their willingness to help “out of concern for human rights” and without personal information of Assange.