18 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 778 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 775  days. 
 - 213 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 970 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 321 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 855 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • During an interview with The Guardian, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom stated the following:
    • "I think Julian Assange's fear, that the Swedish government is co-operating with the US government and that there might be an attempt to extradite him from Sweden, is very real. So I sympathise with him. I see also similarities and abuses that are happening in the case against WikiLeaks that were happening to us."
  • WACA published two letters from Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam sent to Foreign Minsiter Bob Carr on 28 November 2012 and 14 January 2013. The first letter outlines the criminal investigation into WikiLeaks, while the second discusses statements from Swedish government officials against Julian Assange.
  • The FBI refuses to release its WikiLeaks file under the Freedom of Information Act due to a "pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding" related to the records.
  • Dr. Paul Farmer, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, discussed how WikiLeaks cables proved that the U.S. had mounted a full-scale assault on the minimum wage increase in Haiti.
  • The official WikiLeaks store has released a new Wild West-style "Don't Shoot the Messenger" design for t-shirts and sweatshirts. All proceeds go to WikiLeaks.
  • SAWC, the Sydney-based Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition, has a new website offering information and upcoming events.
  • WikiLeaks states the following on its Supporters page: "The "WikiLeaks Forum" is not run or endorsed by WikiLeaks and has no connection to WikiLeaks whatsoever." This statement comes shortly after the forum's decision to remove its board on the Syria Files.
  • Dutch actress Carice van Houten has joined the cast of DreamWorks' WikiLeaks movie, which began filming today in Reykjavik, Iceland. She will be playing the part of Birgitta Jonsdottir.

Julian Assange News:
  • WikiLeaks announced that Julian Assange will be awarded the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award, February 3 in New York. It will be accepted on his behalf by WikiLeaks lawyers Michael Ratner and Baltasar Garzon.
  • CNN posted a timeline of "Julian Assange Fast Facts". The article is mostly factual, but falsely states "charges" as opposed to "allegations", and falsely describes the two Swedish complainants as "WikiLeaks volunteers".

Bradley Manning News:
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network wrote on how newspapers such as The New York Times and the LA Times have come out criticising the "aiding the enemy" charge against Bradley Manning.
  • An article at Emptywheel analyses the possibility that activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week, was being treated harshly by the Department of Justice due to his Freedom of Information Act request regarding Bradley Manning's treatment in confinement.
  • PBS's Aran Ruth, who has been attending Bradley Manning's pretrial hearings, was interviewed about what has gone on in the courtroom.