Assange turns himself in yet denied bail in UK . A Conspiracy ?
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested with an appointment when he turned himself in on an extradition warrant, termed a politically motivated stunt by many supporters of Assange, was denied bail by a UK court.
Assange drummed up a lot of interest worldwide when WikiLeaks a website founded by him released a lot of documents proving a lot of US claims as false.
Mr. Assange writes in the opinion piece, published by The Australian, that there is a great need for WikiLeaks and denies that the site’s publication of classified information has endangered lives.“WikiLeaks has a four-year publishing history. During that time we have changed whole governments, but not a single person, as far as anyone is aware, has been harmed,” Mr. Assange wrote. “But the U.S., with Australian government connivance, has killed thousands in the past few months alone.”
He wrote that democracies require strong media to keep governments honest and that WikiLeaks helps fulfill that role.
“WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and the Afghan wars, and broken stories about corporate corruption.” wrote Assange.
The 39-year-old Australian surrendered to British officials on Tuesday to answer a warrant issued for his arrest by Sweden. He is wanted for questioning after two women accused him of having sex with them without their consent.
Mr. Assange’s lawyers say the accusations stem from a “dispute over consensual but unprotected sex” and say the women only made the claims after finding out about each other’s relationships with Mr. Assange.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday that Australia would support Mr. Assange as it would if any was Australian arrested abroad.
“Any Australian citizen is entitled to the presumption of innocence — and that includes Mr. Assange,” Mr. Rudd said.
With files from The Hindu and The Australian.