2010-12-23 The Age: Media union waives Assange's fees

The Age reports that the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in Australia have waived Julian Assnge's fees for a year.

Australia's media union has waived Julian Assange's fees for a year after MasterCard cancelled his credit card. ...

Louise Connor, the union's Victorian secretary, said Assange had been a union member since 1997. She said Assange had not breached the journalists' code of ethics and that he continued to protect his sources and publish in the public interest.

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Can someone with editor access please add this article to the WL Central queue?


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Claes Borgström - Defence Attorney?
Sweden's #1 legal clown puts foot in mouth again for WaPo.

STOCKHOLM/WASHINGTON (Rixstep) — Disgraced Thomas Quick solicitor Claes Borgström: he's repeatedly told the media he doesn't want to talk about the Assange case and then goes live with outrageous claims - he's done it again. And this time he's worse (better) than ever before and may possibly have ended his clients' case against Julian Assange once and for all.

Speaking without thinking - his strong suit - Borgström inadvertently admitted Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilén had not contacted him to try to reopen the Assange case - they hadn't known such a thing was possible.

And that leaves only one remaining explanation: they retained him as a defence attorney, afraid they'd be charged with bringing false accusations, a very serious crime in Sweden.

It's not every day plaintiffs privately retain counsel in criminal cases in Sweden - in fact it's unheard of. Something that's made students of the ongoing legal circus scratch their heads again and again.

But now there's finally an explanation.


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