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Assange kept in isolation

world Updated: Dec 11, 2010 00:27 IST
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Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been transferred to the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison where the authorities are planning to give him limited access to the internet, it emerged on Thursday.

Assange, the most famous inmate in the Victorian jail, met his legal team after being sent there on remand when he was refused bail on Tuesday. Sweden is seeking his extradition over allegations of sexual assault.

Assange is thought to have asked to be housed away from other prisoners, who had shown a high degree of interest in him after he arrived. A source said other inmates had been supportive of Assange, whom the US has accused of jeopardising its national security by releasing a flood of confidential diplomatic documents.

Assange's legal team will attempt to secure bail for him from Westminster magistrates next Tuesday.

His solicitor, Mark Stephens, said Assange was "quite chipper - he seemed to be bearing up". In the wake of online attacks on corporations by pro-WikiLeaks hackers, Stephens said Assange was concerned that "people have unjustly accused WikiLeaks of inspiring cyber attacks".

As part of a scheme called "access to justice", prison authorities are arranging for Assange to be given a computer so he can work on his case. The computer will have limited internet access.