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Celebrities set out to rescue Julian Assange

by Nicole
December 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

A group of celebrities has stated their support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by offering money to bail the Australian out as he is currently in police custody, waiting for a judge’s decision to grant him bail.

Ken Loach, the British director of “Kes” and “Sweet Sixteen,” said he had offered £20,000 ($31,444) towards his bail. “I think the work he has done has been a public service,” he told reporters, in quotes carried by Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “I think we are entitled to know the dealings of those that govern us.”

The American filmmaker has stated his public support of the founder of Wikileaks, who has been detained since December 7 in London.

Michael Moore, a real thorn in the American establishment, has decided to lend his support to Julien Assange, founder of Wikileaks, imprisoned since December 7 in London. In an article published by The Huffington Post, the director of “Fahrenheit 9 / 11″ or “Bowling for Columbine” publicly offered the assistance of his website, servers, 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.”

Michael Moore welcomes the actions of Julian Assange. “We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off.”

Michael Moore has decided to pay $ 20,000 out of pocket to help bail Assange out.

Vaughan Smith, the founder of London’s Frontline Club, has offered to accommodate Assange, who has no British address, at his home.

In a statement on his website he explained: “In the face of a concerted attempt to shut him down and after a decade since 9/11 that has been characterized by manipulation of the media by the authorities, the information released by WikiLeaks is a refreshing glimpse into an increasingly opaque world.”

“I am suspicious of the personal charges that have been made against Mr. Assange and hope that this will be properly resolved by the courts. Certainly no credible charges have been brought regarding the leaking of the information itself.”

Jemima Khan, human-rights advocate and ex-wife of former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, stated her support for Asssange and released the following statement: “I make no judgment of Julian Assange as an individual as I have never met him. I am offering my support to him as I believe in the universal right to freedom of information and our right to be told the truth.”

Fashion icon and human-rights activist Bianca Jagger campaigned against the holding of Assange. “If the police have any accusations they should let him answer for them,” she said, adding that he should be treated fairly.

Other prominent supporters included Australian journalist John Pilger and British activist Peter Tatchell.

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