For the past two years, Julian Assange has lived at the expense of his rich supporters, living in stately homes with servants to wait on him, being completely groomed and clothed, being transformed from the smelly, unwashed, rumpled, loose-limbed and childishly petulant street person described by those who worked with him on publishing the Manning files into a sophisticated, well-dressed man of leisure and talk show host.
He is in the process of bilking those rich supporters out of the bail money they put up for him.
In case you have never read a Stephanie Plum book or watched Dog, The Bounty Hunter, when someone jumps bail – fails to appear in court or leaves the jurisdiction – that person forfeits their bail money if he/she is not in custody within a certain period of time. Assange has moved into the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and jumped bail. So, his bailers, including nightclub owner Vaughn Smith, socialite Jemima Khan, filmmaker Ken Loach, writer Philip Knightley and America’s very own Michael Moore, and possibly a few dozen or more ordinary people who contributed to his bail fund, will lose the money they have put up for bail. Some supporters, like Smith and Knightley did not put forth cash for the bail, but signed pledges of $31,375 in event that Assange violated the terms of his bail.
Right now, the London police are staked out around the Ecuadorian embassy in the event Assange should step out of the building. He will be arrested and incarcerated until the Swedes pick him up. The Ecuadorian government has not ruled yet on his request for asylum.