16 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 776 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 773  days. 
 - 211 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 968 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 319 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 853 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson stated that the two books on which DreamWorks' upcoming WikiLeaks film are based on are "very negative" and "full of misinformation". He believes the film will include"typical Hollywood cast" and will have "little to do with reality". Meanwhile, Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jónsdóttir states that she has been consulting with the filmmakers and has "tried to do her best" to ensure the film will not be anti-WikiLeaks.
  • Rep. Darrell Issa is investigating the U.S. Justice Department over its prosecution of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last Friday. In 2011, Rep. Issa pushed for a criminal investigation of WikiLeaks, commenting, "If the president says, 'I can't deal with [Julian Assange] as a terrorist,' then he has to be able to deal with him as a criminal".

Julian Assange News:
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon stated that Julian Assange's situation is "brutal" and a "clear persecution" and that Mr Assange faces life in prison or the death penalty if tried in the U.S. Mr Garzon believes WikiLeaks' work has benefited all people of the human race.
  • Swiss art group Bitnik has mailed a package to Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy. The package contains a camera, which is sending live updates every ten seconds of the parcel's journey.
  • Sydney Morning Herald published a series of reader letters which criticise Gerard Henderson's recent article attacking Julian Assange. Readers say that Mr Henderson's article shows a poor grasp of facts and uses "silly" arguments.
  • Journalist John Pilger wrote about the "Shammies", awards given to "the finest sham media". He mentioned The Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead, whose recent profile of Julian Assange described him as mentally ill and messianic, while providing no evidence to back up the claims.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning was back in court today for another pretrial hearing. The next hearing will be February 26. Here are some developments from today:
    • The judge has barely admitted PFC Manning's motive to be used as a defense. It is only relevant to the "aiding the enemy" charge and whether he believed the information would be seen by Al-Qaeda. She also barred the defense from using Government reports during which show that WikiLeaks did not harm national security - these can only be used during sentencing.
    • The Government has yet to produce any evidence that PFC Manning knew of any form of alliance, cooperation, or ties between WikiLeaks and Al-Qaeda, which must be proven for the "aiding the enemy" charge.
    • The Government stated that all releases from WikiLeaks have been "fully investigated" in relation to PFC Manning's case. They alleged that WikiLeaks is still in possession of material from PFC Manning which they have not released. The Government states that they cannot do a classification review because "threats" by PFC Manning are ongoing (i.e. WikiLeaks continues to publish information).
    • In regards to the speedy trial motion, the motion will either be denied or charges will be dismissed. A reduced sentence is not possible, as it was with the argument over pretrial treatment.
    • There have been 30,000 pages of motions, all of which are inaccessible to the public.
    • For further coverage, see Kevin Gosztola's live-blog of the proceedings and his report on the Government's argument that they haven't deprived PFC Manning of his liberties.