Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has made available $20,000 to help bail Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the jail.
“Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail,” Moore said in a statement posted online.
Moore also stated “I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.”
Filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Kahn joined Moore in the contributing to Assange’s bail fund, Moore said.
“So why’s WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they’ve outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth,” Moore said.
“We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They mightn’t have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they’re never able to operate in secret again.”