05/04/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 518 days.
Julian Assange has been under house arrest without charge for 515 days.  
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trialfor 712 days.  
A Grand Jury has been active in the US without transparency for 598 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • EFF's Trevor Timm wrote an article about freedom of press in the Untited States, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (May 3). The U.S. dropped from 20th to 47th in press freedom for many reasons including the secret grand jury on WikiLeaks, the prosecution of whistleblowers, warrantless search and seizure, and the arrests of Occupy journalists.
  • WikiLeaks cables show that the U.S. Government conspired with the current President of the Bank of Guayaquil, Guillermo Lasso, to destabilize the Ecuadorian Government under President Rafael Correa.
  • WikiLeaks cables puncture Malam Nasir Elrufai's claims of incorruptibility, showing that he attempted to award a contract to a company in which he and his brother had substantial interests while he was Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises.
  • Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has a webpage dedicated to all the efforts the Greens have put into defending WikiLeaks, including blog posts, Senate addresses, panels, and further resources.
  • In a recent interview, Carne Ross, former UK delegation expert on the Middle East and author of "The Leaderless Revolution," spoke of the profound implications of WikiLeaks and the hope that it will change the secrecy culture of democracy.
  • WL Central issued a news update which covers World Press Freedom Day, cables on Chen Guangcheng, a new interview with Kristinn Hrafnsson, the Australian DFAT's attempt to delay FOI requests on Julian Assange, Bradley Manning support events, and more.


Julian Assange News:
  • A press release was issued announcing the guests for Episode 4 of "The World Tomorrow": Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah and Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab. The episode will air every 2 hours for a 24 hour period, starting May 8th at 12:30PM London time.


Bradley Manning News:
  • Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network did an interview with Chase Madar, author of the new book "The Passion of Bradley Manning." He discusses what drew him to Manning, why the Obama administration is cracking down on whistleblowing, the issue of overclassification, and the rule of law.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network has published reports from support events in Vancouver, BC and San Diego, CA.