09/03/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 640 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 637 days. 
 - 77 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 834 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 184 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 720 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks has released more GI Files which discuss Spain in Europe's Libya intervention, collective fraud in India, and Europe's OSINT (open-source intelligence) guidance.
  • German MP Sevim Dagdelen put out an official statement on her meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. She discusses her concerns for Mr Assange and her next steps toward a solution to his situation, but also mentions WikiLeaks' work toward exposing war crimes, and that she has been denied multiple times to visit Bradley Manning in prison. A short video of her visit with Mr Assange is also available.
  • A Portuguese infographic on "8 things we wouldn't know without WikiLeaks" has been created. There are currently requests for a translation to create an English version. (edit: English version now available.)
  • Hernan Reyes, communications professor at Andean University, wrote about WikiLeaks and the seams of political power and the media. 
  • Radsoft has sent out a "Whistleblower Warning" about Swedish newspaper Expressen's whistleblower facility, focusing on the potential lack of protection and anonymity.

Julian Assange News:
  • In a written briefing to the Parliament, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague stated he has asked his officials to "initiate a formal, regular, dialogue" with Ecuador regarding Julian Assange. He stated his belief that a solution could be found (contrary to his "no solution in sight" comment just last Thursday), but also said it was a "matter of regret" that Ecuador chose to give asylum to Mr Assange. 
    • Australian journalist Philip Dorling commented, "UK Foreign Secretary Hague statement on Assange case leaves door open for US extradition on conspiracy/info theft charges."
  • Former Indian Ambassador Deepak Bhojwani wrote on the lessons that can be learned from Latin American in its handling of Julian Assange's situation, most importantly the "cogency, alacrity and unity" between leaders within the region. 
  • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote on "Misconstrued Legal Arguments & Omitted Truths in the Media’s Coverage of Julian Assange", where he dissected a recent article in The New Statesman by David Allen Green. This is part of an ongoing series of articles and arguments regarding Mr Assange's case, which Glenn Greenwald has also contributed to, and Mr Green has once again written about.
    • Twitter user @x7o commented on this series of disagreements: "What should the layman take from legal kinetics between Greenwald and Green over Assange case? That lawyers can disagree on this case. If lawyers can disagree on this case, Assange cannot be faulted for taking a risk-averse interpretation, given what is at stake for him."
  • Julian Assange's U.S. lawyer Michael Ratner was interviewed about Mr Assange's current situation, including the possibility of U.S. extradition.
  • Transcript of Julian Assange's hour-long interview from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in now available. The full video is available to watch as well.
    • RT discussed Mr Assange's comments in the interview, with Paul Wiffen of the UK Independence Party providing insight into London's mass surveillance systems.
  • Translation of L'Espresso journalist Stefania Maurizi's article "Assange case, the record of deceit" is now available.
  • Supporters of Julian Assange have claimed responsibility for shutting down the websites of the Swedish Govenrment, Armed Forces, and Institute. The UK Ministry of Defence website has also been allegedly taken down by supporters.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs has demanded that at least seven years be cut from any sentence he is given on the grounds that he was improperly treated while in custody at Quantico Marine Base.
  • Nathan Fuller appeared on BreakThru Radio to discuss the latest in Bradley Manning's case, including last week's pretrial hearings and the future court schedule. He also discusses Bradley's gender identity, reaffirming that he currently wishes to be referred to by male pronouns until the next phase in his life.
  • Veterans have begun preparations for pro-Bradley Manning occupations of Obama campaign offices around the United States, which will take place September 6. A full list of planned actions is available via the Bradley Manning Support Network.
  • The Brooklyn Rail published an excerpt from Chase Madar's book, "The Passion of Bradley Manning", which describes the torturous conditions Bradley was held in at Quantico Marine Base.