08/24/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 631 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 627 days. 
 - 67 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 824 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 710 days.

WikiLeaks News:

Julian Assange News:
  • The OAS held a meeting of Foreign Ministers today in Washington DC to discuss the UK's threat against Ecuador. They passed a resolution which "rejects any attempt to jeopardize the inviolability of diplomatic missions."All documents from the meeting are available, as well as a chirpstory of live-tweets.
    • WikiLeaks called the passing of this resolution "a big victory today for Assange, Ecuador and human rights at the Organization of American States". The also tweeted, "A big thanks from WikiLeaks + Julian Assange to all those who fought for today's successful OAS resolution against the UK."
  • WikiLeaks released a statement from former UK Ambassador Craig Murray on the UK's intentions to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrest Julian Assange due to political pressure from the U.S.
  • Photographer Lewis Whyld captured orders being held by a Metropolitan Police Officer in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London which states Julian Assange must be arrested "under all circumstances". The orders refer to SO20, the counter-terrorism command, as well as an unknown agency SS10.
    • A spokeman from the Scotland Yard commented saying that the document was notes the officer took at a briefing. He further stated that, despite what his notes say, they would not breach diplomatic immunity to arrest Mr Assange.
  • Glenn Greenwald published an article calling on New Statesman to correct its error that Swedish courts, rather than Government, have the final say in extradition. Mr Greenwald states this error "is a crucial mistake that distorts the Assange case".
    • Mr Greenwald also posted a series of questions to Mark Klamberg, lecturer of international law at Stockholm University, related to the same issue.
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa gave an exclusive interview to RT about Julian Assange and his asylum. Transcript is also available.
  • An Ecuadorian Official stated that a Belarusian refugee in their country will be treated with the same respect for human rights as Julian Assange.
  • An article in Fria Tider details the Swedish media war against Julian Assange, including the use of name-calling - "coward", "scumbag", "Australian pig" - by Swedish officials and high-level journalists.
  • An article in Asian Tribune analyses the use of the U.S. State Department's use of "persecution" versus "prosecution" when referring to action being taken against Julian Assange.
  • The UK has issued a travel warning against Ecuador due to the demonstrations in support of Julian Assange.
  • 2,003 Britons were polled on how closely they follow WikiLeaks news and whether they thought British Police should storm the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrest Julian Assange. Similar percentages were for and against the action.
  • Julian Assange has been included in a set of terrorist trading cards, alongside people such as Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and Jared Loughner, which come with a "We Shall Never Forget 9/11" coloring book.
  • The Guardian published an article, "Who is Julian Assange? By the people who know him best", which contains 17 statements from people who know Mr Assange personally, including friends, family, and former media partners.
  • The "Sex, Lies, and Julian Assange" documentary is now available in Italian.
  • Actor Anthony LaPaglia expressed his dismay for the Australian Government's lack of assistance for Julian Assange.
  • Supporters of Julian Assange have been holding 24-hour vigils at the Ecuadorian Embassy to ensure he is not apprehended by the police.
  • Julian Assange addressed a rally in France via telephone, stating they played a key role in the fate of WikiLeaks when the U.S. launched a campaign to shut it down.