Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing
Prosecutor says he could attract loonies
Wikileaks editor Julian Assange told Westminster Magistrates Court he would not consent to extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for alleged sexual offences.
Assange said he would fight proceedings from the UK.
Wikileaks meanwhile said legal action against its spokesman would have no effect on its publishing programme. It said: "Today's actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won't affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal."
The magistrates court has remanded Assange in custody until a detailed hearing on 14 December. Bail was refused on grounds that Assange has access to finance, the case is serious and he could fail to surrender. Prosecution fears that he could be a target for unstable people were rejected by the judge.
In news unlikely to upset him too much, Assange has not been removed from Time's online poll of people of the year, despite what you might have read on fecking Twitter.
A spokeswoman for Time said he was currently leading the poll and there was no plan to remove him from the list.
Jemima Khan, Ken Loach and John Pilger were all in court on behalf of Assange and offered to guarantee bail.®
"fears he could be a target for unstable people."
Like the US government?
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Meanwhile, MasterCard and Visa are blocking payments to the fund that supports WikilLeaks. This would be the same two card companies that are happy to take payments for funds that support racist organisations such as the Ku Klux Klan (Googling for similar organisations shows they're also allowed to receive donations from Visa or MasterCard card holder payments).
"Bail was refused on grounds that Assange has access to finance, the case is serious and he could fail to surrender"
Those would be the finances they have frozen in Switzerland, and the not surrendering like he did this morning as arranged?
Looks like it's who you know which is important, not what you know!
Good luck Julian, I don't fancy your chances, I bet there are a few phone calls going on from the US embassy right now. Swedish extradition on dubious charges might be least of your worries.