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Watch: Michael Moore Talks Wikileaks, Bail for Julian Assange


Michael Moore appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, arguing for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Moore is assisting in posting bail for Assange, as are others: "Around half of the sum, which includes £200,000 in cash and two sureties of £20,000 each, has been found from the list of luvvies, lefties and 'internationally renowned' backers. They include an unnamed Government minister, a Nobel Prize winner, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and film-maker Michael Moore. Assange, 39, should be released once the figure is reached - but the Swedish authorities are appealing against the decision to give him bail. The Australian will appear at the High Court tomorrow, where a senior judge will consider the appeal and decide on his release."

Says Moore: "The lights in the room have been turned on...It's not the leaks that are killing anyone, it's the secrets that have killed people."

In related news, the Air Force has blocked the sites of several newspapers — "the TimesGuardianLe Monde,Der Spiegel, and El País —and Foreign Policy's Wikileaks blog" — because they published diplomatic cables.


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  1. Moore is right when he says that the actions of certain govts (US & UK) in getting us into the Iraq war lends some justification to what Wikileaks does.

    I find it very difficult to trust my govt. here in the UK since the lies and half truths that the entire govt. apparatus engaged in to lead my country into an illegal and unnecessary war.

    Posted by: arch | Dec 15, 2010 7:39:25 AM

  2. Assange is a hero to me. I hope he can get past this hurdle in his path and get right on with exposing more secrets. We deserve to know when we're being manipulated and lied to. He better stay free and ALIVE.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 15, 2010 8:52:05 AM

  3. assange is probably a dick, but this is bigger and more important than him. we have a right to know this information - especially when we're being lied to, spending our money on the destruction of other countries and going to war for no damn good reason.

    Posted by: jgm22 | Dec 15, 2010 10:53:20 AM

  4. I'm becoming more convinced Assange is in fact connected to an intelligence agency disinformation or psych-ops. Too many things don't add up.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 15, 2010 11:38:29 AM

  5. Arch, tell me about it! Ive been on the case 24/7 and the funny thing is I don't think he's nec left wing, as being left is being pro-state and he is a libertarian but because he's uncovering stuff from the govt which happen to ALWAYS be right, the left are supporting him.

    I agree above that the guy is a dick but this is bigger then him. I would donate if I could. My despise for politicians and govt keeps on growing but we must also think strategically and form lobby groups like the right to fight for transparency.

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 15, 2010 12:47:46 PM

  6. Why didn't JA release the entire file to MM so he could go through them for an update to his film? Moore needs to find the smoking gun that actually fired a bullet.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2010 1:47:27 PM

  7. Since Obama reneged on his promise of transparency, Wikileaks is just what we need.

    Free Julian and Bradley.

    Posted by: lewpy | Dec 15, 2010 2:26:51 PM

  8. It's a shame that he had to be an alleged slimeball. What we need are many different transparency organizations. A network of sites aimed at holding governments and other institutions responsible for their actions

    Posted by: Jeb | Dec 15, 2010 3:38:10 PM

  9. Assange is scum. He claims to promote transparency but WikiLeaks itself is one of the least transparent organisations out there. They refuse to reveal any of the verification processes on the claims of safety for their volunteers. The blatant hypocrisy is laughable at best. Besides, it's not like he's actually revealing anything new. Anyone with an iota of sense who reads the news would already be aware of these 'insidious' acts. If anything, the leaks have really shown how canny the US Diplomatic team is.

    I'm for more transparency but this is not the way to go about it. The reality is we need to find the balance between transparency and necessary confidentiality. But activities like this aren't going to encourage governments to be more open and free. If anything this will simply encourage governments to be even more secretive.

    Good work Assange.

    Posted by: ozum | Dec 15, 2010 4:36:13 PM

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