Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore and other celebrities are putting their names and bank accounts on the line for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange, who was arrested for sex crimes in the UK last week, remains in custody pending an appeal by authorities against a judge’s decision to grant him bail.
He has vowed to fight extradition to Sweden, arguing that the charges against him are politically motivated and designed to deflect attention from WikiLeaks.
Maybe Moore can also front Assange a new haircut?
This stance has won him some high-profile backing, as was shown at a hearing Tuesday when some notable faces entered Westminster Magistrates Court.
He also found prominent support from here in the U.S., as Michael Moore pledged $20,000 from “his own pocket” to ensure the embattled Assange’s freedom.
The director of Bowling for Columbine and Farenheit 9/11 said he backs Assange and will do “anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving.”
“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 had WikiLeaks to deal with.”
“They might not have been able to pull it off.”
Assange’s bail is set at £200,000, or about $314,000.
Other prominent supporters: Award-winning Australian journalist John Pilger, British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, and human rights activist Bianca Jagger.
Despite having never personally met Assange, Ken Loach, the veteran British director of movies including Kes and Sweet Sixteen, said he had offered £20,000.
“I think the work he has done has been a public service,” he told reporters in Britain. “I think we are entitled to know the dealings of those that govern us.”
Jemima Khan, British socialite and ex-wife of former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, offered a similar amount before releasing the following statement:
“I make no judgment of Julian Assange as an individual. I am offering support as I believe in freedom of information and our right to be told the truth.”
The daughter of the late financier James Goldsmith, Khan has also been active on Twitter, and tweeted: “What happened to innocent until proven guilty?”
“He hasn’t even been charged, let alone convicted.”