04/12/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 496 days.
Julian Assange has been under house arrest without charge for 493 days.  
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 690 days.  
A Grand Jury has been active in the US without transparency for 576 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks will issue an important announcement tomorrow (April 13) at 6AM London time.
  • Harvard Law School professor Yochai Benkler has published a 69-page draft of his essay, "A Free Irresponsible Press: WikiLeaks and the Battle over the Soul of the Networked Fourth Estate," which covers why the battle over WikiLeaks is so vital.
  • A smear campaign has began against WikiLeaks' Bulgarian media partner Balkan Leaks. Julian Assange commented, "I denounce the smears against Atanas Chobanov. Balkan Leaks is an official WikiLeaks partner, and Chobanov is an honorable man."
  • An article by Harry Blutstein details an event in 1772 where Benjamin Franklin anonymously received and circulated letters by Thomas Hutchinson about colonial rights, comparing it to modern actions by WikiLeaks, Assange, and Manning. 
  • WikiLeaks tweeted out a 2011 statement from Anne Ramberg, the head of the Swedish Bar Association, in which she discusses the importance of WikiLeaks and calls on Sweden to stand up for the organization and Julian Assange.
  • WikiLeaks Forum is calling on people to help translate the Global Intelligence Files.

Julian Assange News:
  • WSWS has written an article detailing how the Australian Government has reinforced its conspiracy against Julian Assange, just before his Supreme Court verdict is expected to be handed down.
  • In a new interview, Christine Assange discussed how Julian's situation represents a larger issue of global exploitation and intimidation by the U.S. Government.
  • An article in WSWS covers the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of five men on terror-related charges to the U.S., and looks at the implications this carries for Julian Assange's case.

Bradley Manning News:
  • April 20 is the deadline to raise funds for a campaign to put up 21 Bradley Manning support ads around the Washington DC Metro subway system.
  • The play "The Radicalization of Bradley Manning" premieres at Bradley's former school in Wales tonight. You can still reserve a place to watch a performance via live-stream.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network has issued a news update for April 12 which covers the play about Bradley opening in Wales, Ralph Nader condemning this treatment, and a blow to the prosecution's case against him.