05/07/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 521 days.
Julian Assange has been under house arrest without charge for 518 days.  
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 715 days.  
A secret WikiLeaks Grand Jury has been active in the US without transparency for 601 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • wikileaks.org was down for a short period of time, about 24 hours before "The World Tomorrow" is set to air. They are investigating the cause of the downtime.
  • WL Central is looking for reporters to help cover WikiLeaks news.
  • Peter van Buren, who was fired from the State Department in part for linking to a WikiLeaks cable from his blog, asked James Risen of The New York Times about the continued classification of material WikiLeaks has released. Risen said keeping it classified is "absurd" and is an "Alice in Wonderland situation." Former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller agreed, calling the situation "bizarre."
  • An article at Columbia Journalism Review looks at the implications of the financial blockade against WikiLeaks, the Obama administrations campaign against WikiLeaks and whistleblowers, surveillance, and censorship.
  • An article at Business Insider commented on the U.S. Army's planned surveillance techniques to prevent another WikiLeaks-style release of classified information, calling it "frightening."
  • A report from the Pentagon states that U.S. Defense Department whistleblowers are being inadequately protected and are left vulnerable to reprisals.
  • M.I.A., who recently created the theme song for "The World Tomorrow," gave an interview in which she talks about the influence WikiLeaks had on her.


Julian Assange News:
  • WikiLeaks updated their press release on Episode 4 of "The World Tomorrow," to include information about Nabeel Rajab's arrest.
  • RT covered the arrest of Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who is appearing as guest along with Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on tomorrow's episode of "The World Tomorrow." A preview of the episode is also shown. In another segment author and journalist Afshin Rattansi was interviewed about the arrest.
  • WL Central continued their coverage of Nabeel Rajab's arrest, who is currently in detainment for comments he made via Twitter.


Bradley Manning News:
  • An article in the Miami Herald looks at how the media is keeping silent while the Obama administration targets whistleblowers, such as Bradley Manning.
  • Iraq War veteran turned antiwar activist Jayel Aheram wrote an article about how Bradley Manning may have helped end the Iraq War and helped catalyze the Arab Spring and Occupy movement. 
  • Author Ron Jacobs reviewed Chase Madar's new book, "The Passion of Bradley Manning."
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network has issued a news update for May 7 which covers Bradley helping the antiwar movement, how his trial symbolizes injustice in the U.S., and why people should support him.