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OTRC: Michael Moore pledges $20K to help bail out Julian Assange, says WikiLeaks will 'save lives'

Michael Moore in photo posted on his Facebook page on April 2, 2009. (facebook.com/mmflint)

Michael Moore, an Oscar-winning, outspoken liberal documentary filmmaker known for political films such as "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11", says he paid $20,000 to help bail WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of jail, adding that his organization "saved lives".

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has angered U.S. officials by publishing classified diplomatic papers. He was arrested in the United Kingdom earlier this month on a Swedish warrant that accuses him of sexual misconduct with two female volunteers who worked for his new media organization. He has denied the allegations. Assange was ordered released on $310,000 bail by a British court on Tuesday, the New York Times said. He is due back in court on Jan. 11, 2011.

Moore said on his website that he paid $20,000 to help bail Assange out and that WikiLeaks performed an "important public service" by publishing the documents.

Moore said on his Twitter page on Tuesday that he wired the funds on Monday.

"I wont stand by and be a witness to a railroading," Moore said. "@WikiLeaks has saved lives. London court has accepted bail money from me & others & has just released WikiLeaks' Assange on bail!. Cheering in courtroom."

He said he was "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."

"WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions," Moore added. "And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period."

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