23 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 783 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 780  days. 
 - 218 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 975 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 326 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 860 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Julian Assange spoke at the Oxford Union for the Sam Adams Award ceremony. Tweets from the event can be read here. Video of his speech was going to be available, but WikiLeaks tweeted that the Oxford Union is withholding the video for fear that the U.S. Government will claim copyright over "Collateral Murder".
    • During his speech, Mr Assange attacked DreamWorks' upcoming WikiLeaks film "The Fifth Estate". He stated that he received a copy of the script and that it is a "massive propaganda attack" and is "fanning the flames" of war against Iran.
  • Director Alex Gibney appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss his new documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" which recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival. He was followed by WikiLeaks legal adviser Jennifer Robinson who criticised the film, saying it left out major facts including the existence of the WikiLeaks grand jury.
    • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote on Mr Gibney's interview, noticing that the film seems to draw a conclusion on a link between Julian Assange and Bradley Manning without clear evidence. 
  • German Federal Police office has purchased FinFisher, a Spyware toolkit which was detailed in WikiLeaks' Spy Files.
  • James Freedman of Stanford Law School wrote an essay on how the U.S. could use copyright and intellectual property law to prosecute WikiLeaks.
  • The Young Turks discussed late activist Aaron Swartz and how his alleged links to WikiLeaks could possibly have led to the U.S. Government's severe prosecution of him. Mr Swartz' attorney Elliot Peters stated that he would like to know information about the connection between the two.
  • The WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance and Australian Friends of WikiLeaks will hold a public meeting at Victorian Trades Hall, Carlton, February 13 at 6PM.
  • The Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition has created a FAQ on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Julian Assange News:
  • VICE interviewed Carmen Weisskopf of Bitnik, the group that recently sent a "mail art" project to Julian Assange, which involved tracking a package with internal camera and GPS as it made its way to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
  • Professor Ferrada de Noli has published part two of his "Seven Pillars of Deception" series, which focuses on the Swedish Government's compliance with extraordinary rendition.

Bradley Manning News:
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network issued a news update which discusses Chase Madar's upcoming event in Brooklyn, three reasons why the charges against PFC Manning should be dropped, and the U.S. Government's refusal to let PFC Manning use his motive as a defense.