Julian Assange has been granted bail, pending an appeal filed by the Swedish authority, with a little help from Michael Moore. The documentarian posted a note on his website this morning entitled “Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange,” attesting to his support for the WikiLeaks editor in chief and his commitment of $20,000 toward helping him go free:
Furthermore, 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.
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 might not 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 are never able to operate in secret again.
At an event last week, Moore mentioned his frustration with what he perceives as a lack of activist momentum, along with his desire not to just “provide entertainment for people who can leave the theater going ‘Right on!'” Assange’s work certainly fits right in with the idea of measurable action. But others have been less charitably disposed to what Boing Boing‘s Xeni Jardin elegantly describes as the moment in which “Michael Moore inserted himself into the story.” Juli Weiner at Vanity Fair, for one, was inspired to offer a satirical proposed opening scene for whatever inevitable film arises from this pairing, with Moore co-opting Assange’s story and even donning a wig to play the man on screen.
Moore notes that filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Khan have also assisted with the bail amount.