08/16/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 622 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 619 days. 
 - 59 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 816 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 702 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • An article in The Huffington Post discusses U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan's relationship with South America, using information from WikiLeaks cables.
  • An Anonymous group has called for the shutdown of the TrapWire surveillance system starting this Saturday. TrapWire has been making headlines since WikiLeaks released hundreds of emails about the company, as a part of the GI Files.
  • WL Friends has assigned new friends to its users.

Julian Assange News:
  • Today, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced that Ecuador had granted Julian Assange's request for political asylum. Full text of the decision is available, as well as video of the full press conference.
    • WikiLeaks released a statement from Julian Assange after the decision, in which he thanked the Ecuador people, President, and Government, and noted that, "While today is a historic victory, our struggles have just begun".
    • Many other commented on the decision, including WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, Julian Assange's U.S. attorney Michael Ratner, Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Mr Assange's friend Vaughan Smith, and Tariq Ali.
  • Shortly after the announcement on Julian Assange's asylum, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague gave a statement saying the UK would not allow safe passage for Mr Assange out of Ecuador. He also falsely stated that Mr Assange faced charges in Sweden.
    • Julian Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon announced that they would appeal to the International Court of Justice if Britain were to block his exit.
    • Many people oppose the UK's decision. A poll in El Telegrafo shows that 95% of people believe Mr Assange should be granted safe passage, and multiple letters were published by The Guardian stating the same.
  • WikiLeaks announced that Julian Assange will be giving a live statement in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy on Sunday, August 19, at 2PM. August 19 marks two weeks since Mr Assange entered the Embassy, and it will be his first public appearance since March.
  • WikiLeaks put out a statement condemning threats by the UK to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrest Julian Assange.
    • Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray wrote that he received private confirmation that the UK plans to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy to arrest Julian Assange, and that it is being done after immense pressure from the Obama Administration.
    • Australian Green Senator Scott Ludlam addressed the Senate regarding these threats. Video is available in two parts
    • An unusual amount of police and police vehicles were in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy, starting late Wednesday night. Multiple supporters of Mr Assange were arrested.
    • Supporters of Mr Assange protested at the UK Embassy in Quito. Rallies are planned in Australia for tomorrow. AnonyOps also released a full list of all UK Embassies worldwide.
  • Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr stated the Australian Federal Government would not make any representations regarding Julian Assange and his political asylum. 
  • The amount of articles regarding Julian Assange's asylum is impossible to keep up with, but here is a selection of Op-Eds: "The Latin Mouse that roared at the British bulldog" by Philip Dorling, "The Assange Witch Hunt" by M15 whistleblower Annie Machon, and "Julian Assange asylum: Ecuador is right to stand up to the US" by Mark Weisbrot.
  • Swedish international law professor Ove Bring stated that the most likely outcome from the allegations against Julian Assange is that he will not be charged and there will be no prosecution.
  • An article in The Independent gives a description of Julian Assange's current home inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
  • In The New York Times' article on Julian Assange's asylum contained irrelevant allegations about Mr Assange's attitude toward cats and toilet flushing habits. NYT later removed these statements without any notification.

 Bradley Manning News:
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network issued a news update for August 16 which covers Julian Assange's asylum, Bradley's case and inequality, and U.S. West Coast rallies.