WikiLeaks Update: Assange Denied Bail, More Companies Bow to Political Pressure

The ongoing legal saga faced by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues, with reports that he's been denied bail after being arrested in London.

According to the New York Times, Assange's legal team offered up $280,000 in bail, which was denied by a London court. Meanwhile, theGuardian reports that "three well-known media figures" -- journalist John Pilger, filmmaker Ken Loach and socialite Jemima Khan -- offered to give the court a total of $100,000 as an assurance that Assange would return for a hearing on his possible extradition to Sweden.

Later in the day yesterday, Sweden’s director of prosecution, Marianne Ny, reminded the media that the allegations of sexual misconduct against Julian Assange are unrelated to his website's release of classified government cables. “We have nothing which indicates that this is a plot," said Ny.

Meanwhile, the WikiLeaks cables are continuing to receive their fair share of attention, with Visa and MasterCard now in the company of PayPal and Amazon for ceasing to do business with the site. The British Index on Censorship chimed in on the issue yesterday. The group's CEO John Kampfner:

We unreservedly condemn PayPal, Amazon, Visa and Mastercard for their arbitrary and unjustified decision to cease doing business with Wikileaks. These companies and others have buckled under political pressure. Do they believe in the First Amendment?

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 8, 2010, 3:25am

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