08/14/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 620 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 617 days. 
 - 57 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 814 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 700 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Coverage of surveillance network TrapWire, revealed in WikiLeaks' GI Files, continues to make headlines:
    • Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam submitted a motion asking the Government whether TrapWire is being used in Australia.
    • Journalist David Seaman appeared on The Young Turks to discuss TrapWire and the massive possibility for abuse of the system.
    • NYT eXaminer published an article on NYT's coverage of TrapWire, showing how they downplayed the significance of the revelation.
    • RT further covered TrapWire, interviewing censorship and technology campaigner Aaron Swartz. 
    • TechFleece published a brief introduction to TrapWire and their partnership with Stratfor.
    • Multiple Australian articles on TrapWire have been removed without explanation. (edit: Australian journalist Asher Moses explained this was due to the stories being incorrectly based on the idea that Cubic was the parent copmany.)
    • A screencap is available of TrapWire's leadership page, which is now inaccessible.
    • The New American, The Daily Beast, Wired, and Mashable also covered the surveillance network.
  • WikiLeaks published new GI Files on narcotrafficking and conspiracy in the Colombian military, France and the Ivory Coast, and further emails on TrapWire.
  • The New York Times published an article on the FinFisher/FinSpy program which was covered extensively in WikiLeaks' Spy Files.
  • RT gave insight into U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney's VP choice Paul Ryan, using information from WikiLeaks cables.

Julian Assange News:
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa appeared on ECTV last evening, saying he hoped to have the decision on Julian Assange's asylum bid this week.
    • Mr Assange described his asylum application as "a long process that's involved much work". He said he had "no idea" of the outcome, but he's "hopeful there will be a positive decision."
    • The Guardian reported that Ecuador had granted Julian Assange asylum, a claim which later turned out to be false. President Correa responded saying that it was a false rumor and a decision has yet to  be made. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson also commented, "I just spoke to him (Assange) and he said he had not been notified either."
  • Members of the Swedish Cabinet unlawfully attacked Julian Assange, calling him "sick", "a brute", and "a coward". This means that Swedish Prime Minister Rienfeldt, Foreign Minister Bildt, and Justice Ministers Ask and Hagglund have now all acted unlawfully in Mr Assange's case.
  • American Free Press interviewed Julian Assange's U.S. lawyer Michael Ratner about likely U.S. prosecution of his client, the WikiLeaks Grand Jury, and Mr Assange's asylum bid.
  • Julian Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzón was interviewed about why he chose to work on Mr Assange's case, saying he believes "in his innocence and his cause". 
  • Baltasar Garzón will be visiting Australia in a few weeks to lobby the Government.
  • "Underground", a movie on young Julian Assange will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festive. WikiLeaks tweeted out the article, but commented, "This is not an endorsement, we haven't seen it."

 Bradley Manning News:
  • A police mugshot of Kenneth Bradley Manning of Portland, Oregon has been falsely used as a photo of PFC Bradley Manning. The Bradley Manning Support Network asks that if people see the photos being used, to please ask for a correction.
  • Courthouse News Service reported on the unprecedented abuse Bradley Manning faced at Quantico. Oral arguments from PFC Manning's defence are postponed until the October 1-5 hearings, but Quantico witnesses will be hearing during the August 27-31 hearings.