WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be released after ‘inhumane’ bail refusal


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s hopes for freedom have been dashed after a judge refused him bail despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States.

District judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected an application for Assange’s release with strict conditionals over concern he would abscond.

It follows a decision that he should not be extradited to the US on mental health grounds due to the risk of suicide.

Assange will have to remain in custody as the US government is appealing against Monday’s extradition ruling.

Announcing her bail decision at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Baraitser said: “As a matter of fairness, the US must be allowed to challenge my decision and if Mr Assange absconds during this process they will lose the opportunity to do so.

“Mr Assange still has a huge support network available to him should he again choose to go to ground.”

On Twitter, many people expressed outrage at the decision. Canary journalist John McEvoy who’s been reporting on the case tweeted:

Matt Kennard highlighted the need for a public inquiry:

And MP Richard Burgon demanded his release:

Meanwhile, outside the court, The Canary captured the reaction from Assange’s supporters:

Featured image via Pablo Navarrete for The Canary 


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