05/31/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 545 days.
Julian Assange has been under house arrest without charge for 542 days.  
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 739 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active in the US for 625 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • Daniel Mathews gave a speech at the Melbourne rally for Julian Assange about the beginning of WikiLeaks, how far it has come, and the continued global struggle for justice.
  • Salon's Glenn Greenwald wrote an article reminding people of what WikiLeaks has done, the risks they face, and why we must not allow the organization nor its founder to be prosecuted for espionage.
  • Democracy Now's! Amy Goodman wrote an article about the ruling in Julian Assange's extradition case, drawing comparisons to the Pinochet case of the late 1990s.

Julian Assange News:
  • The twitter account @JulianAssange_ is fake and not associated with Julian Assange or WikiLeaks in any way. Mr Assange has commented it is run by someone in Latin American and is being used to sell products.
  • WikiLeaks put out a statement regarding Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr. Here is the full text:
    • "Bob Carr hopes to manipulate the Australian public. In the last 12 months the Australian government has provided no legal, financial or logistical assistance or advice to Mr. Assange, whatsoever. There is a reason that Bob Carr will not explain what he means by "consular assistance". In the last year it has meant sending DFAT minders to Assange's hearings the minders do not communicate their observations to Mr. Assange or his legal team. They do not even say hello. Their job is to provide the Minister of Foreign Affairs with a heads up, so he can better spin to the Australian public. Similarly, according to the SMH, when DFAT asked Washington for info on US extradition plans, it was only within the explicitly stated context of knowing prior to the media. Not knowing in time to assist Mr. Assange or with a view to assist Mr. Assange. But knowing with a view on how to manipulate the Australian public."
  • ABC's The Drum discussed the ruling in Julian Assange's case as well as Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr's statements about support for him. The panel consisted of Annabel Crabb, Richard Muller, and Elizabeth O'Shea.
  • WL Central has published transcript of the Supreme Court hearing where Julian Assange's verdict was given. The also published a guide to understanding the verdict, and an analysis on how the Supreme Court is wrong about Mr Assange's appeal.
  • John Pilger was interviewed (video) outside the Supreme Court after Julian Assange's verdict was handed down.
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson was on ABC Radio discussing Julian Assange's verdict and how the Australian Government could be doing more for him. 
  • Christine Assange was on ABC Radio renewing calls for the Australian Government to give proper protection for her son.
  • A report of the London vigil for Julian Assange has been released. ABC News covered two Australian rallies for Mr Assange in Townsville and Brisbane. Major rallies were also held in Sydney and Melbourne.