London, Oct 10: Celebrity supporters of Julian Assange are still firmly standing behind him, despite losing almost 300,000 pounds, as the Wikileaks founder broke his bail conditions and fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Assange’s supporters admitted he gave them no warning that he planned to take refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden.
A group of Assange supporters, including socialite Jemima Khan, journalist John Pilger, film director Ken Loach and publisher Felix Dennis have also forfeited a security of 200,000 pounds.
Despite the huge cost, the celebrities continue to support Assange and express fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will be sent on to the US to face interrogation over the whistle-blowing website, the Daily Mail reports.
“I think what Julian Assange did was absolutely daft, but that’s got nothing to do with it.
Julian Assange was going to be put into prison … He committed no crime that we know of. He was not going to be given bail. He was going to be put into solitary,” the paper quoted Dennis, as saying.
“I’m not having people put into British jails and put into solitary confinement when they’ve been found guilty of absolutely nothing, just to please the American government,” he added.
Jemima Khan had previously tweeted, ‘I personally would like to see Assange confront the rape allegations in Sweden and the two women at the centre have a right to a response.’
“But there is no doubt that Assange has a real fear of being extradited to the US nor that the US gov is out to get WikiLeaks,” she added. (ANI)