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I once interviewed Ken Livingstone in front of 500 almost motionless (read: asleep) people at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, although I had the suspicion at the time that most of them had just come in to shelter from the rain. When you see a full auditorium at the Hay Festival, you assume that most people there know almost as much as the people on stage (and in some cases, a lot more), and are looking forward to furthering the debate in some way.

Julian Assange bail conditions attacked

Campaigners supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today released a video bemoaning his bail conditions and showing cameras that have been erected outside his home.

Assange criticises 'squeamish' UK at Hay Festival

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Each May Peter Florence pitches his marquees in a field below the town of Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh-English border, ready to receive 100,000 visitors to his Hay Festival.

New Twitter breach as claims of celebrity gagging orders published

Lawyers and media specialists last night called on the courts to take action to enforce injunctions broken over the internet after another social media user purported to publish details of celebrity gagging orders.

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When Julian Assange was charged at Westminster Magistrates Court, he arrived in an unmarked police limousine, almost entirely unnoticed by the hordes of photographers waiting outside. Their attention had been taken, instead, by a different car – the decoy, all screeching sirens and flashing lights. "I said no one would ever fall for that," mused Detective Sergeant Mel Humphreys. "All those experienced hacks out there."

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