While Julian Assange continues to sun himself under a SAD lamp in London's Ecuadorian Embassy, the supporters who put up his bail money - and so kept him out of British custody and free to hole up in the embassy - have been ordered to cough their cash up.

Nine supporters of Assange have been told by judicial authorities to hand over hefty sums of money having failed in their legal duty to secure the surrender of the 41-year-old Australia-born webmaster in connection with extradition proceedings.