WikiLeaks: Assange refused bail

Robert Clark & Michael Carroll
08 Dec 2010
The WikiLeaks organization is under siege, with founder Julian Assange held in a UK jail and facing increasing difficulty in raising funds.
Assange was remanded in custody on Swedish rape charges following a hearing in a London court on Tuesday. A deportation hearing is scheduled for next week.
His lawyers say the Swedish charges, which involve alleged sexual assaults on two women in August, are politically-motivated.
WikiLeaks said in a statement that Assange’s arrest would not stop the flow of leaked diplomatic cables.
“The release of the US Embassy Cables – the biggest leak in history – will still continue. This evening, the latest batch of cables were released, and our media partners released their next batch of stories,” spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said.

The organization has released only 900 of around 251,000 US State Department cables so far. It has threatened a “poison pill” release of highly damaging files if Assange is jailed.
But the small group, lacking leadership, is in a state of chaos, according to Kevin Poulsen, a high-profile former US hacker, now a journalist at Wired.
The organization’s “secrecy and compartmentalization are apparently hindering its operations,” he wrote.


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