Despite having been granted bail WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was driven back to his London prison for another night behind bars after the Swedish authorities at the last minute challenged the decision.
Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations. He will now remain in custody until the prosecution presents reasons for their appeal.
Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens told reporters:
“They haven’t yet done us the courtesy of telling us when we will be in court and as soon as we do, that information will be put out across the wires so that you can be abreast of it . It is an unfortunate state of affairs but given their history of persecuting Mr. Assange it is perhaps not surprising.”For Assange’s mother it was a major disappointment. Numerous celebrities had pledged funds for the 280,000 euro bail but in the end that became immaterial.
For many, Assange has become a free speech cause celebre. Back in his homeland of Australia protesters demonstrated outside the US embassy. They believe and angry Washington is piling on the pressure as Assange’s WikiLeaks site continues to release secret US diplomatic cables.