Assange's Prison Reality: Limited Internet Access, Bad TV

He can't stand daytime TV at prison
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2010 4:45 AM CST
A demonstrator wears a mask with the face of Julian Assange, near Westminster Magistrates Court in London earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has been transferred to a segregation unit at Britain's Victorian Wandsworth prison, where his Internet access will be restricted, reports the Guardian. He's "quite chipper" and seems to be "bearing up," said attorney Mark Stephens. Assange, who's wearing standard-issue gray track-suit prison duds, complained about the prison's daytime TV, adding that now he "doesn't have access to a computer, even without an Internet connection, or to writing material," said Stephens.

Prison authorities are arranging to provide Assange with a computer so he can work on his case, but it will have limited Internet access. His lawyers were refused permission to bring him his laptop. There were indications Assange requested a segregated cell because of the high level of inmate interest in him. Fellow prisoners appear to be largely supportive of Assange, said his attorney. Assange's attorneys will argue for bail next week.
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