08/13/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 619 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 616 days. 
 - 56 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 813 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 699 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Coverage of surveillance network TrapWire, revealed in WikiLeaks' GI Files, continues to make headlines:
    • Google and Salesforce were allegedly offered the TrapWire spy tool.
    • TrapWire is owned by Cubic Corporation, the company which provides transportation and defence contracts in Australia.
    • Both the UK Government and Metropolitan Police Service are stated to be customers of Abraxas, the owner of TrapWire (Abraxas was bought by Cubic Corporation in 2010).
    • TrapWire has been linked to Anonymizer, described by its publicists as "the leader in consumer online anonymity solutions."
    • The Guardian wrote on TrapWire, stating that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security paid $832,000 to deploy the system in Washington D.C. and Seattle.
    • RT America discussed the TrapWire revelations with their web producer Andrew Blake.
    • Whistle.is published an article about how WikiLeaks has "shattered the one-way mirror of total surveillance" with the publication of the TrapWire emails.
    • Daily Mail compared the massive surveillance by TrapWire to that seen in film 'The Bourne Identity'.
    • TrapWire's website removed their page which detailed its executives and their CIA links shortly after the WikiLeaks documents came out. 
    • David Seaman will be appearing on The Young Turks to discuss TrapWire.
  • WikiLeaks announced they are back online after "after installing substantial extra capacity and additional help from @cloudflare caching". This comes after 10 days of attacks over 10Gb.
    • WikiLeaks commented the following: "Is that all your've got? Keep attacking, our skin just gets harder. DDoS proof, financially & geographically diverse. We're ready to rumble."
    • Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, commented on the attack, saying the force behind it was bigger than the AntiLeaks group which is claiming responsibility.
    • The Register had an email conversation with DietPepsi of AntiLeaks who said the attacks were in protest of Julian Assange seeking asylum. It is still not confirmed that they were responsible for the attack.
  • Salon wrote about WikiLeaks cables on Paul Ryan, who was just chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate for the 2012 U.S. presidential election. The cables show that he may not be as "ideologically rigid" as he acts. Previously, WikiLeaks cables on Mitt Romney were covered by The Boston Phoenix.
  • WikiLeaks' Bulgarian media partner Bivol.bg interviewed top U.S. intelligence expert Jeff Stein about Cablegate, the CIA, and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov.
  • Forbes' Andy Greenberg has written a new book entitled "This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information". A blurb on the book states Mr Greenberg had "unrivaled access to such major players as Julian Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and WikiLeaks’s shadowy engineer known as the Architect". The book comes out this September.

Julian Assange News:
  • El Telegrafo reported that Ecuador has decided on Julian Assange's asylum and the announcement could come this week. There have been recent meetings between Ecuadorian officials and details of the case are being finalized.
    • WikiLeaks tweeted an alert following the news, listing what action supporters should take depending on whether Mr Assange's asylum is accepted or denied.
    • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is scheduled to appear on state television this evening (approximately 3AM London Time), but Government officials were unable to say whether he would be announcing the decision on Mr Assange's asylum. 
    • The Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition is asking people to stay on alert for the decision and be ready to take to the streets.
  • Al Akhbar's Michel Elefteriades discussed his experience meeting Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, saying they talked about "everything" including developments in Syria and Lebanon.
  • UK Friends of WikiLeaks delivered a book of support messages to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
  • UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye appeared on RT where he discussed Julian Assange's asylum bid commenting, "In any case, I think it's very important that the British Government respect any decision that the Ecuadorian Government makes. Not to do so would actually send out a very dangerous message to governments and also to dissidents and people fleeing oppression worldwide".
  • WISE Up Action posted photos of the many support banners which have been outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London 24/7 since Julian Assange arrived there. 
  • OpEd News published an article entitled "A Solution for Correa, Assange and Justice For Us All", which suggests President Correa build a coalition of officials, address the UN about Julian Assange's situation, and bring international focus to it.

 Bradley Manning News:
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network wrote about evidence which shows a three-star general ordered the unlawful treatment Bradley Manning was subject to while held at Quantico.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network covered a performance of Crosby, Stills, and Nash's song about Bradley Manning, "Almost Gone". Nash prefaces the performance with an explanation of his support for Bradley.
  • An article at Global Research covers the new motions from Bradley Manning's defence which detail his treatment at Quantico which amounts to torture.