27 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 787 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 784  days. 
 - 222 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 979 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 330 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 864 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Both Glenn Greenwald and EFF's Trevor Timm wrote on the continued escalation of the Obama's Administration's war on whistleblowers and how speaking to journalists is becoming a crime, as seen in John Kirakou's case and the Stuxnet investigation.
  • Arjen Kamphius wrote on his experience dining with Julian Assange and ex-spies Thomas Drake, Annie Machon, Ray McGovern, and Ann Wright before the Sam Adams Awards held January 23. (Note: Website may currently be down.) He also noted that the Oxford Union uploaded Mr Assange's speech only after replacing the "Collateral Murder" footage with the Union's logo. WikiLeaks commented: "Most free speech societies and human rights groups are such poseurs. e.g Amnesty too scared to describe Manning as a political prisoner."
  • With the recent Washington Post article on the FBI's Stuxnet leak investigation, journalist Ryan Gallanger commented that the monitoring of U.S. Government official's communications isn't something new, but happened after WikiLeaks' release of Cablegate.
  • Sibel Edmonds, founder of the National Security Whistleblower Corporation, appeared on RT to discuss how the U.S. is using classification as an excuse to silence whistleblowers.

Julian Assange News:
  • Swedish journalist, author, and feminist commentator Maria-Pia Bo√ęthius wrote an article about Aaron Swartz, Bradley Manning, Jeremy Hammond, and Julian Assange, focusing on the U.S.'s treatment of information activists. She believes that Mr Assange's fear of U.S. extradition is justified. (English translation.)
  • Ecuadorian FM Ricardo Patino discussed Julian Assange's asylum in an interview with RT, stating how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights entitles people to not only request, but to "enjoy" asylum, which he believes Mr Assange is being denied. He also commented that if a diplomatic agreement could not be reached with the UK, there is no alternative but to seek legal remedies.